1. As previously reported – Organized by socialist leaning groups in Honduras, Venezuela, George Soros (Open Society Foundation), and by the Paris based- UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – Global Compact for Migration). Food, accommodations, propaganda from Cartels / Socialist Groups; Stating: American Sanctuary Cities are recruiting and needing IA’s (Illegal Aliens), 90% are young (20 yr.’s old) males. Currently (September 1, 2019) – Caravan activity across Mexico has diminished. Mexican authorities have stepped up border enforcement along its Southern Border. For a true evaluation all US enforcement will have to watch developments in October as the weather cools and results from internal cartel fighting over control of US corridors either calms or grows.
2. TX-RGV (Rio Grande Valley), Boot Heel (NM), Yuma AZ towards CA – numbers of Illegal Alien apprehensions are down. However, this is a normal cycle during the hottest months. Illegal cross border activity increases in October as the weather cools.
3. Mexican Popular Sentiment – Not happy with the onslaught over the year. Mexican military is stepping policing activity. However, major conflict between elements of the Gulf Cartel with elements of the Los Zeta’s over corridors in Texas especially Nuevo Laredo continues to increase. Also, the Sinaloa Cartel is waging internal conflict between factions formerly aligned to El Chappo.
Staging / NGO’s / Human Trafficking
1. Staging of IA’s – Less coordinated due to Cartel clashes and normal hot weather (July to September) . Also, increase border wall (bollard fencing) across areas of Arizona and parts of Texas has caused decreases of cross border activity.
2. NGO’s (G4S or Wackenhut) – No change, some CBP with proper licenses are having to drive buses to US destinations. Private funding have stepped up to continue busing IA’s to locations across the US. Site destinations are determined by familial connections dictated by Cartels. (Remember – IA’s have no identity papers, and thus, so-called family / city relationships based on verbal communication)
3. Human Trafficking – Remains very lucrative – the cost to hire a coyote for a South American is $7000.00 in Texas, and $6000 in Arizona (per person). The price is set regardless of age / gender. Chinese and other SIA’s (Special Interest Aliens) is $70,000.00 each (regardless of border area). The result is a vast increase in indentured servitude / slavery spreading across the US. IA’s must find work immediately to pay off cartel debt.
Caravan Violence / Supply Stores
1. In South America – 70% of caravan members are being victimized – 30 % of females are raped, all females must travel with birth control. It’s a humanitarian crisis.
2. Human Trafficking Stores – Spread out along prominent border cities to provide carpet shoes, camouflage and other clothes etc… . Controlled by Cartels.
Common Cartel Border Tactic
1. Coyotes place extremely sick / children near the front, to overwhelm US Enforcement and local hospitals.
2. Takes 2 CBP Agents to care for each sick alien. That removes agents from further border activity.
3. 20 year old IA’s – Then rushed through weakened areas. Whether they are caught is irrelevant. The key is to get across.
4. Drug mules, SIA’s – Easily exploit areas while most agents are pulled to cover the sick.
Current Status – RGV to Yuma
TX – Lower RGV
1. Busy but not out of control – OTM’s (Other than Mexican) are from Bangladesh, China, Somalia, Pakistan.
2. Volume – Has eased at least from July – September 1.
3. Medical crisis – Bodies across desolate areas have been recovered from heat exposure. Several CBP officers have rescued IA’s suffering from heat exhaustion. As is par for the experience, coyotes have little regard for individual safety causing human trafficking dangers to increase during the summer. CBP agents due to humanitarian concerns are unable to perform border enforcement in their sectors.
Texas – lower RGV to Eagle Pass
1. Roughly a caravan per week – Crossings down but OTM’s apprehended include individuals from; China, Bangladesh, Pakistan.
2. Fallfurious, TX Border Check Point – Widened from 3 to 10 lanes to increase inspections to near 100 %. Cartels are moving human traffickers, by land, and over rough country, to avoid check point / detection. Three bodies have been found recently. Resources, Brooks County Sheriff Office can only afford 1 deputy per shift to cover all of Brooks County.
3. Eagle Pass – Reporting same as (1 & 2)
West Texas / Big Bend – Areas with little enforcement being utilized as a cat and mouse
movement over large areas surveilled by cartels with little US Enforcement. Drug mules having
to move to avoid new fencing to push drugs and human trafficking.
New Mexico – Most Vulnerable
1. New Mexico / Arizona Border – Boot Hill (Luna County and areas nearby) – Overwhelmed with human traffic. Near Denning, NM. Continues to be a major corridor for drug mules.
2. Governor of New Mexico is an open border, social justice democrat, and thus, does nothing to help border residents / ranchers / law enforcement.
3. No help from local / law enforcement causes silence in many border residents, which opens further holes along Mexican Border. Some residents (US Citizens) have left democrat-controlled border towns / counties and not just in NM. Understandably, making the area more democrat.
Arizona – Cochise County
1. Very effective Sherriff Office (Larry Dever and now Mark Dannels) – Developed tactics to stop traffic which has caused the Sinaloa Cartel to avoid due to loss revenue / resources.
2. Agua Prieta, the Sinaloa are executing IA’s attempt to go around cartel control and rush toward Douglas, AZ. However, part of the major border fence near the Brian Terry Border Patrol Station is being infiltrated, proving that despite censors, cameras, and fence – if no one is watching, the best technology and barriers fail.
3. The military has placed Constantine wire around ports of entry. Plus slow IA movement over rural Bollard fencing the US Army Engineers are also putting up Constantine wire on the inside US fencing from 18ft high to the ground. Military is working with Cochise Co, Sherriff to keep caravans out and causing the Sinaloa cartel to move around Cochise County. 100 % conviction rate if IA’s are caught. The push of IA’s then moves to rural parts of AZ, especially around Yuma, AZ. Summer heat contributing in a decrease of human trafficking.
1. 2019 – 16,000 IA’s have been apprehended in the area. 211 fraudulent family units discovered.
2. CBP average less than 100 per day July to September.
3. NGO’s (Like Texas / NM) – transporting IA’s out of Yuma. Greyhound is the main bus company.
4. Cartels pricing – $5000 to $7000 per person, and are placed to work via cartel orders. Some have been determined to have entered the Carolina’s. Two MS-13 members were captured in January and one had previous felonies in Georgia. Sheriff Wilmot had to deputize federal officers to help arrest, which places further cost burdens, on county resources.
5. OTM’s and SIA’s have been identified from 63 different nations in and around Yuma since November 2018. Nationally 9 out of 10 of the IA’s documentation, when they appear, are fraudulent.
6. Scabies, Measles, and other diseases have required 10,000 man hours (last year) and $700,000 in medical bills just in Yuma County to medically treat IA’s . Local and federal resources can’t handle the cost which is not allocated each year.
7. Humanitarian cost are eating up county resources. Drugs are flowing in large quantities, which is, adding to money from human trafficking.
8. The Sinaloa Cartel is now growing poppy crops to keep up with an expanding market in the US.
This is a National Security Emergency
Bollard See Through Wall – Most effective long-term barrier. Constantine Razor also excellent for
shorter time periods. High tech surveillance very effective if utilized by very motivated personnel,
especially ranchers with close cooperation of local enforcement.
Texas Wall –
1. Badly needed across Star, Zapata, and parts of Hidalgo. Many rural residents do not venture outside far without a shot gun at the minimum. Military personnel have been used very effectively. The wall built around residential areas of Laredo, TX completely transformed the area from constant vehicle thefts / break ins into a more peaceful neighborhood. A wall is a must, but not in all areas, especially where topography reveals too much difficulty.
2. Texas – All 3 sectors need an immediate increase of 1500 CBP officers. Counties not along the border but still with CBP checkpoints need to be declared border counties in order to receive federal funds to aid local enforcement.
Border Law Enforcement Suggestion – Placing the Coast Guard in charge of the Border and putting CBP
under Coast Guard command and control.
The National Border Is still wide open – It is a National Security Emergency. Bollard fencing is perfect, see through but strong, and a deterrent, especially 18 ft tall structures. Thankfully new construction is showing a decrease in activity. However, if there are no boots on the ground, to adequately watch, and respond immediately to threats. Then, no structure or surveillance technology has an effect.
Need more border patrol and put them on the border. Instead of 22,000 (CBP) the need is 44,000. In local towns and counties, with adequate barriers / technology, the border can be controlled, as long as, all local enforcement (Sheriff / PD), have a close working relationship with ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement), and Border Patrol.
The key – A close working tie with ICE which is always in close communication with CBP. Without that NEXUS all local enforcement is blind to constant changing in operations along the border and the rampant build up of cartel command and control in US Cities.
Without that cooperation – local communities, cities, and rural counties are blind, to the growing prevalence of Transnational Drug Cartels, and, their allied Drug and human smuggling organizations (MS 13, BA 21 etc.).
The federal government needs to examine placing the security measures of the National Border under the operational control of something like the US Coast Guard. Then, place more of the CBP, actually along the border, instead of administration offices. Then increase ICE numbers in most major corridor pipelines (I-10 / 75 / 95; I-77 / 85 / 40).
US First Defense Coalition
September 1, 2019