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Smugglers Dropped Large Amount of Marijuana from Ultralight Aircraft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug smugglers have tried all kinds of clever – and not so clever – ways to get their products across the Mexican border and into the U.S.

On Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector seized nearly $100,000 worth of marijuana dropped from an ultralight aircraft Tuesday, AZ Family reports.

The ultralight was was spotted by CBP camera operators.

Agents found 10 bundles of marijuana wearing roughly 185 pounds.

Agents arrested two Mexican nationals.

DEA Agent Publishes Memoir Detailing Action-Packed Fight Against Mexican Drug Cartels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mike Vigil knows a thing or two about the secret world of anti-drug agents.

The DEA’s former chief of international operations, Vigil spent 18 years abroad as an agent, Global Post reports.

Now he’s sharing that experience in a new memoir called “Deal.”

The book is packed with thrilling observations and offers a glimpse into drug cartels that are causing serious problems in the U.S.

To read Vigil’s interview with Global Post, click here.

 

Border Patrol Wants Futuristic Dog Collars to Help Track Down Terrorists, Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is considering using futuristic dog collars to improve security at the border, Nextgov.com reports.

“The U.S. government is exploring the possibility of outfitting its border-protecting canines with futuristic collars that can, for example, translate a dog’s stress level through its bark and relay that data in real-time to a handler through a mobile device,” the author wrote.

CBP’s canine teams are one of the agency’s best tools in tracking potential terrorists or drugs.

If dogs are wearing collars with “stress-detection sensors,’ officials said agents would be able to translate the dog’s bark. That would enable agents to know whether there dog was stressed, threatened or finding valuable information.

The collars also could add an audio and video stream.

Homeland Security Chief: Fewer Immigrants Crossing Border But Threat of Terrorism Exists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said fewer immigrants are crossing the border because of increased security efforts, but he emphasized that other threats require a strong law enforcement presence, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.

The good news is that illegal immigration is falling.

“Put simply, it’s now much harder to cross our border and evade capture than it used to be, and people know that,” he said.

But Johnson warned about getting complacent because of the dangers involving homegrown extremists.

“People who leave their own country … link up with some extreme elements and then return to this country,” Johnson said of Westerners who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant Islamist army currently waging war in those countries.

“In many respects, that’s the terrorist threat that I worry most about because it’s the hardest to detect,” he said.

Obama Administration Denies Congressman’s Claims That ISIS Members Caught at U.S. Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is denying claims by a Republican Congressman that at least 10 ISIS fighters were caught trying to cross the Mexican border in Texas, the Daily Mail reports.

Rep. Duncan Hunter said Tuesday that the Border Patrol told him that the extremists were captured at the border.

Homeland Security responded by calling Hunter’s claim “categorically false.”

“The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement

“DHS continues to have no credible intelligence to suggest terrorist organizations are actively plotting to cross the southwest border.”

Still, Hunter’s spokesman pressed forward.

“The congressman was conveying what he knows – and what he was told,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“It makes sense that the left hand of DHS doesn’t know what the right hand is doing – it’s been that way for a long time and we don’t expect that to change.’”

Has ISIS Militants Crossed Border into Texas? Congressman Says So

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 

A California Congressman is claiming ISIS fighters trying to get into the U.S. were busted at the Texas border with Mexico, Fox News reports.

“ISIS is coming across the southern border,” said  Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose district includes much of San Diego. “They aren’t flying B-1 Bombers bombing American cities, but they are going to be bombing American cities coming across from Mexico.

“At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas,” Hunter continued. “There’s nobody taking about it.”

The information has not been independent verified by the Border Patrol, which is where Hunter said he received the information.

“They caught them at the border,” Hunter said. “Therefore, we know ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or 10 of them you know there are going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol.”

 

Former CBP Insider Accuses Agency of Corruption, Distortions to Cover Up Deaths

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Tomsheck, who was forced to resign as internal affairs for CBP, said the agency made it difficult for him to investigate internal complaints.

NPR reports that Tomscheck believes some Border Patrol agents aren’t being held accountable because of a culture that evades legal restraints.

Tomscheck said about a quarter of the 28 fatal shootings by agents and officers are highly suspicious, yet no one has paid any consequences.

“I believe the system was clearly engineered to interfere with our efforts to hold the Border Patrol accountable,” he says.

“Some persons in leadership positions in the Border Patrol were either fabricating or distorting information to give the outward appearance that it was an appropriate use of lethal force when in fact it was not.”

Tomscheck said he became a scapegoat for the problems in the agency.

USA Today Column: Tough Immigration Rules Backfire, Keeping Migrants Inside US or Locking Them Out

Alex Nowrasteh
USA Today

President Obama’s recent request for billions of dollars to address the surge in unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexico border has ignited fierce criticism. Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blame Obama’s supposedly lax enforcement policies. Democrats blame the surge on a humanitarian crisis in Central America.

While both narratives bear some truth, both miss how our immigration restrictions and border enforcement have created the current mess.

Migration from Central America and Mexico used to be circular. Migrants would come for a season or a few years to work, move back home, then return to the USA when there was more work. This reigned from the 1920s to 1986, when Congress passed the more restrictive Immigration Reform and Control Act. Before 1986, when circular migration was in effect, 60% of unauthorized immigrants on their first trip here would eventually settle back in their home countries rather than in the United States, and 80% of undocumented immigrants who came back on a second trip eventually returned home.

Since 1986, the rate of return for first-time border crossers has fallen to almost zero. The return rate of second-time crossers has fallen to a mere 30%. What happened? In the mid-1980s, the government began spending massive resources to stop unauthorized immigrants from coming in the first place. By trying to keep them out, increases in border security locked them in.

To read more, click here.