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Border Patrol Sees Spike in Arrests of Sex Offenders Trying to Cross Border

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An increasing number of sex offenders are trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector have arrested 46 sex offenders so far this fiscal year, compared to 69 last fiscal year.

Since March 1, agents arrested 10 sex offenders. Eight were from Mexico and one each from El Salvador and Honduras.

“Border Patrol agents encounter sex offenders, various people with criminal histories in their course of duty nearly every day,” said agent Adrienne Crowley, a spokesperson for the Tucson Sector.

“Border Patrol agents in Tucson Sector face various threats in the field,” Crowley said. “Every person they encounter potentially has a criminal history so we really don’t know what we’re working with until we bring that person in and run those records checks.  Agents are working every day to make our community safer…by getting those people off the streets.”

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

Mother Sues Border Patrol After Son Fatally Shot in Back of Head

Jose Arambula/Pima County Sheriff's Department

Jose Arambula/Pima County Sheriff’s Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mother is suing Border Patrol after an agent killed her son south of Tucson last year.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Elisa Beckel filed suit in federal court Friday, claiming she “has lost the love, affection, companionship, care, protection and guidance since the death” of Jose Luis Arambula.

Arambula was shot in the back of the head by Border Patrol Agent Daniel Marquez during a chase through a pecan grove.

The agent said he fired the gun because Arambula gestured as if he, too, had a gun and was about to shoo.

Marquez struck Arambula once, firing nine times.

Arambula died at the scene.

Mexican Immigrants Getting Injured at Alarming Rates by Jumping Border Fence

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The treacherous trek through the 100-degree desert may not be the most difficult challenge for many immigrants who are sneaking over the border from Mexico.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that an increasing number of people are getting injured trying to jump the border fence, which has been made higher in some areas.

As a result, hospitals are seeing numerous case of injured immigrants. Most of the injuries are to the feet, ankles and spine.

“It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert,” said Gilda Felix, director of the Juan Bosco immigrant shelter from Nogales. “Both are difficult and dangerous.”

The exact number of people getting injured from jumping the fence is unclear, but nearly 100 case were reported so far this year by two Mexican consulates.

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Molesting 5-Year-Old Girl

Jeremy Tyler Cole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent in Arizona is accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl while visiting his fiancé’s friend and her children, The Tucson News Now reports. 

Jeremy Tyler Cole, of Sierra Vista, was charged March 27 on one count of child molestation.

Cole was arrested by Chandler Police on Friday.

The CBP Tucson Sector released this statement Tuesday:

A Border Patrol agent assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station was arrested in a collaborative operation between the Chandler Police Criminal Apprehension Team and the Peoria Police Department on March 27, in Peoria, Arizona. The agent is being charged with one count of Child Molestation, and is currently in a leave with pay status pending additional criminal proceedings. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector are cooperating fully with the investigative agencies. Customs and Border Protection takes all incidents of misconduct seriously and will continue to work with outside investigative agencies to maintain the integrity of the workforce.

 

Tim Steller: Unsealed Jay Dobyns Files Look Bad for DOJ

Jay Dobyns

By Tim Steller
Arizona Daily Star

Retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns’ lawsuit against the federal government alleged they broke a settlement deal with him and mistreated him, in part by calling him a suspect in the 2008 arson of his own Tucson home.

Newly unsealed documents in his case suggest that the government misbehaved during the trial in 2013, leading to DOJ attorneys being barred from filing further documents in the case. More eerily, the misbehavior may have extended to surveillance of Dobyns’ Phoenix attorney even up into this month.

For people like me, who have sympathized with Dobyns but tried to reserve judgment about his case, the documents push us further into the retired agent’s camp. You can’t read the few filings that have been unsealed in the case without wondering why the Justice Department is going to such extremes and spending so much on what is, at base, a relatively minor contractual dispute that could have ended years ago.

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Border Patrol Agent Airlifted to Hospital After He Was Attacked Near Arizona Border

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was airlifted for emergency medical care after an altercation with a Mexican citizen near the Arizona border on Saturday, the Arizona Republic reports.

The agent received 22 stitches after suffering lacerations to his face and a fractured orbital bone near Gu Vo, Arizona.

The agent, whose name wasn’t released, was airlifted to Tucson.

It wasn’t immediately clear what precipitated the scuffle.

CBP has named a person of interest – Carlos Manuel Pena-Nieblas.

The FBI is helping with the search.

Border Patrol Agents Forced to Share Rifles After Problems Found with M4 Carbines

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some U.S. Border Patrol agents are being forced to share their rifles while on patrol near Tucson because the agency is inspecting the quality of the M4 carbines, KVOA reports.

“There’s a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it,” said Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector union. “We know it’s a dangerous job. We know what we signed on for but we want to have as much of the equipment as we need to perform the job.”

M4 carbines are used by Border Patrol agents and the U.S. military and have been common for the agency’s tactical unit, BORTAC.

Without their own weapons, some agents can’t personalize the settings on their rifles.

“The problem is they are now pool guns so what happens is instead of having their individual ones they have sighted in they’re having to use a pool weapon that you don’t know who used it before you,” del Cueto said.

Customs and Border Protection released a statement to the News 4 Tucson Investigators last week, stating: “CBP’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time.”

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