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Cartels Thrive In New Mexico County After Feds Forced To Shut Down Checkpoints

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The federal government has been forced to shut down Border Patrol checkpoints in order to send agents to help with the massive influx of illegal immigrants. Because of that, cartels have an almost free reign in some areas of the country. Law enforcement officials are saying that without a wall, this will spread across the U.S. unless something is done.

The New York Post is reporting:

“ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — In this sprawling desert city in the shadow of the Sacramento Mountains, local officials are fed up with the border crisis — and have gone rogue.

Otero County last month became the first border community to declare a state of emergency after the federal government shut down two local checkpoints in the area, which had traditionally provided a second line of defense against shipments of drugs and illegal immigrants who managed to sneak through the border at El Paso, about 90 miles to the south.

“It’s a green light for the cartels when border checkpoints are down,” Otero County Sheriff David Black, 56, told The Post.

Otero County Sheriff David Black – Angel Chevrestt

Black, who has lived in this city of nearly 32,000 people his whole life, said he has 44 “gun toters” overseeing the county’s 6,628 square miles of lonely ranchland and pistachio orchards nestled among national parkland and Holloman Air Force Base.

Now the lawman said he has to deploy his own overworked forces to stop drugs such as methamphetamines, marijuana and fentanyl from coming through his territory, which is home to some 65,000 people.

Otero County is undefended because US Customs and Border Protection shut down two inspection facilities on US Routes 54 and 70, Black said. The Border Protection agents were sent south to El Paso to help with the massive influx of migrants. More than 800 have been arriving per day at the border near El Paso, according to Border Protection statistics.

Last week, The Post visited a Border Protection checkpoint across from the White Sands National Monument, a national park of undulating sand dunes on Highway 70. Two white and green vans belonging to the federal agency were parked at the shuttered facility.

“I’ve had to redeploy my guys,” said Black. Reading from a report on his desk in the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, he told The Post that his deputies seized $60,000 worth of illicit drugs in April. The figure is markedly up from the $3,500 seized in January, when the Border Protection checkpoints were still working, he noted, adding, “We have always relied heavily on those border patrol checkpoints.”

Since last October, Border Protection agents have discovered 7 tons of marijuana and nearly half a ton of methamphetamine in the area, according to CBP statistics.

The unmanned checkpoints are also a headache for Kyle Williamson, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s special agent in charge of the El Paso Division, which includes all of New Mexico and west Texas. His office monitors 770 miles of the US-Mexico border and 11 international ports of entry.

“We’ve lost our second line of enforcement,” said Williamson, 52, a 30-year DEA veteran who did stints in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

For Williamson, the chaotic situation at the border with Mexico is helping drug traffickers smuggle their illicit cargo north.

“Are cartels capitalizing on the confusion at the border? Yes, they are!” Williamson told The Post. “They are using it as a cover to move drugs, which are coming through legal ports of entry. If your drugs are coming through legal ports of entry, you need lines of defense.”

Williamson said his team recently seized 44 pounds of fentanyl — “enough to wipe out all of New Mexico, Texas and the entire state of Chihuahua.”

Most of the drugs are being trafficked by a gang known as Barrio Aztecas, the enforcement arm of the Juarez Cartel, according to the agent.

“They are an incredibly violent gang,” he said, adding that they number between 2,000 and 2,200 members.

An additional 500 to 1,000 Barrio Aztecas are in prison, he said.

For Couy Griffin, chairman of Otero County’s Board of Commissioners, who spearheaded the move to declare a state of emergency last month, the situation is dire. In addition to drug traffickers and migrants, Griffin fears that terrorists may begin taking advantage of the abandoned checkpoints to sneak into the rest of the country.

“We have got to secure our border, period,” said Griffin, 45, who wears a black hat and scuffed cowboy boots, and leads a group called Cowboys for Trump.

Otero County, NM, Board of Commissioners chair Couy Griffin fears terrorists will exploit shuttered checkpoints 90 miles from the border. Angel Chevrestt

In February, members of that group set off on horseback for an eight-day journey from Maryland to Washington in support of the president, and to raise awareness of issues facing fellow businessmen in New Mexico.

Last week, the Otero County Board of Commissioners voted to pass a resolution that says, in part, that no county resources will be used to help migrants. The board “declares its opposition to any and all state and federal agencies dropping off illegal migrants.”

Griffin says he has spoken to elected representatives in other New Mexico counties who may soon join Otero in declaring local emergencies.

“You’ll see. There’s going to be a domino effect when other counties get fed up,” Griffin said. “We want other counties to follow suit. That’s the only way we’ll have a voice and be able to push back.”

In addition to the federal government’s shutdown of the checkpoints, New Mexico’s recently installed Democratic governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, withdrew 118 National Guard troops from the state’s southern boundary, in defiance of President Trump. Earlier this year, she called Trump’s policies at the Mexican border a “charade of border fear-mongering.”

In the wake of the Border Protection withdrawal, Griffin and Black want the governor to redeploy the National Guard, and they are determined to sue the state if the governor continues to refuse to cooperate, Griffin said.

“Unfortunately, we have a governor who is so interested in politics that she has lost touch with the people of this county,” Griffin told The Post. “We have a governor who continues to claim that there is no crisis at the border.”

Black believes the security issue in Otero County will soon affect the entire country as drugs and terrorists move north. He said he wants “an enhanced wall of border security that is integrated with steel slats,” equipped with state-of-the art monitoring equipment and more guards. If that doesn’t happen, he fears, there will be an increase in crime.

“We give it six months for the crime statistics to start rising here,” he said. “And believe me, all of this is coming to a town near you, all over the country.””

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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Child Sex Offenders, MS-13 Gang Member In TX, AZ, & California

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While illegal border crossings are going down, Border Patrol agents are catching more dangerous criminals & convicted child sex predators, it seems. The wall can’t go up fast enough.

On Tuesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported:

“CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously removed sex offender Monday morning.

The incident occurred at around 7 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 18 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.

Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, later identified as Mauricio Moreno-Garcia, a 26-year-old Mexican national, was convicted of Sexual Lewdness w/Child less than 14 years of age in 2016 out of the state of Nevada. Moreno was sentenced to 24-60 months confinement for his conviction.

Moreno was removed from the United States on January 11, 2018 as an aggravated felon.

Moreno is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

In fiscal year 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested and removed 21 individuals either convicted or wanted on sexual assault charges after they entered the United States illegally.”

Part of the border wall we built in May & June of this year. 700 illegals crossed over every week before it went up – Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

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Today CBP reported:

“TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender Monday near Sells.

Tucson Sector agents apprehended Adrian Castro-Garcia, a 33-year-old Mexican national illegally present in the country, late Monday evening. Castro-Garcia called 911 after he became lost in the desert after illegally crossing the international border. Agents quickly located him and provided medical attention.

Records checks revealed Castro-Garcia was convicted of sex with a minor in 2013 and again in 2014 by Los Angeles County, California. In both cases he was sentenced to more than 150 days of incarceration.

In both instances, Castro-Garcia was deported after serving time for his conviction.

Castro-Garcia will face federal prosecution for immigration violations.”

In another report, CBP notes:

EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass arrested a convicted sex offender and a confirmed MS-13 gang member this week.

“Agents are making significant criminal arrests along the border and we’ll seek prosecution of these individuals accordingly,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “U.S. Border Patrol agents remain vigilant and committed to safeguarding our communities.”

Agents apprehended Jesus Contreras-Covarrubias, 55, a citizen of Mexico, after he entered the United States illegally. During processing, records checks revealed that he was convicted in 1992 of felony sexual abuse, in Polk County, Oregon.

As a convicted felon, he faces a charge of 8 USC § 1326 – re-entry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Agents also apprehended a previously deported confirmed MS-13 gang member, a national of El Salvador, shortly after he entered the United States illegally. He will be charged with 8 USC § 1325 – unlawful entry, and his prior order of removal will be reinstated.

All individuals apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks utilizing multiple databases including the use of biometrics to ensure those with criminal history are positively identified regardless of their immigration status.”

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Brian Kolfage Pushes Back Against Shep Smith’s Claims Trump Has Built No New Wall

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Last Wednesday, longtime Trump antagonist & Fox News anchor, Shepard Smith, claimed that the president has built no new sections of border wall. Smith made the remark after President Trump Tweeted out a CBP video of a portion of the border wall that is under construction, stating that “The wall is going up very fast…”

The Hill reported:

“Fox News chief anchor Shepard Smith on Wednesday disputed President Trump’s recent remarks about border wall construction, saying on air that “there is no new wall.”

Smith’s remarks were in response to a tweet from the president that said the wall is “going up very fast.”

“So far, despite the president’s claims to the contrary, there is no new wall,” Smith said. “Existing barriers have been replaced. Same span. The total of repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000-mile border.”

“The president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. It is not. As we just reported, there’s no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts,” Smith added.”

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The problem with Smith’s claim is:

  1. There was never any wall in some of the places it is being built
  2. Trump never claimed that it was “new wall” in his Tweet, although he could have & he would have been factually correct

Brian Kolfage, who just oversaw the completion of our first section of border wall, took umbrage with Smith’s claims & those made by hosts on CNN and proceeded to dismantle them in a series of Twitter posts.

We have visited several border states & toured sections that only had Normandy barrier or metal posts in the ground in order to keep vehicles out. Many of the sites we toured had no pedestrian barriers, such as bollard walls.

Brian Kolfage & vehicle barrier on the border in New Mexico – Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

From one of our scouting trips: Vehicle barrier on the border – Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

Smith is wrong to say that President Trump has built “no new wall.” There wasn’t a wall in the places the government is building. Trump is absolutely putting up “new wall.”

In the meantime, We Build the Wall has constructed our first section of border wall where none existed before. We’re about to start on sections 2 & 3 soon, too. Smith should put that in his pipe & smoke it.

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Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Thursday, 22 August 2019

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