Feds Charge 55 Suspects in Major Human Smuggling Network

by Jim Kouri, CPP 

Feds Charge 55 Suspects in Major Human Smuggling

 Network

November 04, 2006 05:58 PM EST


Federal and local law enforcement officers fanned out across southern Arizona and several other states searching for more than 50 people allegedly linked to a far-reaching human smuggling organization that brought large numbers of illegal aliens into the United States across remote eastern sections of Arizona’s international border. Arrests are also being sought in New Mexico, California, Minnesota, and Ohio.The enforcement action caps a two-year probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, into a family-run human smuggling ring based in the tiny Arizona town of Bowie. Other agencies that aided with the investigation include the Willcox Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Land Management. The arrests come less than three weeks after a grand jury in Tucson handed down a sealed indictment naming 55 suspects for their involvement in the scheme. The alleged violations include alien smuggling and money laundering.

Among those named in the indictment are the smuggling organization’s suspected ringleader, Pablo Esteban Juarez, 31, a/k/a Stevie, and his wife Lori Juarez, 30. The other defendants are alleged to have played a variety of roles in the scheme, ranging from “enforcers” — individuals paid to protect the leadership, guard proceeds, and prevent illegal aliens from leaving “drop houses” without approval; guides — individuals hired to walk illegal aliens across the Mexico border into the United States; drivers — individuals paid to transport illegal aliens to Bowie and then on to Phoenix; and “money runners” – individuals paid to pick up smuggling fees.

At a press conference in Tucson, representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office, the FBI, ICE, the Border Patrol, and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office detailed how the smuggling organization, which catered primarily to Mexicans and Central Americans, operated.

According to federal authorities the ring had a monthly contract with people in Aqua Prieta, Mexico who solicited individuals wanting to be smuggled into the United States. Aliens would be briefly housed in Aqua Prieta prior to crossing the border.

Guides would cross the aliens through the desert to a predetermined location along Highway 80. Drivers would then pick them up on Highway 80, north of Douglas, and take them to Bowie.

Each alien would be charged between $500 to $800 for the Aqua Prieta to Bowie leg. Once in Bowie, the smuggled aliens had to pay additional money to travel from Bowie to their final destination. The aliens would be held in Bowie until the organization received the balance of the smuggling fees from family members or alien smuggling “brokers.” Then the defendants would coordinate the aliens’ transportation to Phoenix, Arizona, and other destinations throughout the United States.

“This was not just any family business. The Juarez family led a network of individuals, stretching across southern Arizona and well into Mexico,” said Paul K. Charlton, the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.

“This network organized, housed, fed, guided and transported large numbers of illegal aliens across the border. Due to their criminal enterprise, Bowie became a major staging area for the movement of illegal aliens to the Phoenix hub, and onward to destinations throughout the United States. Thanks to outstanding coordination among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, we have effectively dismantled and brought to justice a major smuggling organization.”

For aliens destined for cities outside Arizona, the smuggling fees could run as high as $2,000 each. According to the indictment, the criminal organization received most of the funds in the form of wire transfers. In an effort to avoid arousing suspicion, the defendants allegedly recruited “money runners” to pick up the wired funds at the Western Union offices in the area.

“The result of this investigation was the dismantlement of an international organized criminal enterprise. Alien smuggling enterprises, such as this one, present our country with many issues to include clandestine terrorist travel and human trafficking,” said John El Lewis, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Phoenix.

“First, these organizations care only about the money they are being paid, they do not concern themselves with who they are smuggling into our country, nor the motives of those individuals which could leave us vulnerable to another 9/11 attack. Secondly, many individuals cross our borders illegally after being promised a better life, only to find themselves exploited by those paying their smuggling fees. The security of our borders and the fight against criminal atrocities such as human trafficking cannot be undertaken by one agency. Our successes in these matters are dependent upon personal relationships and our ability to work together.”

As with other similar criminal enterprises, drugs and violence played a role. Many of the individuals employed by the ring were paid with narcotics. Some of the defendants possessed firearms, which they allegedly used to protect themselves and their proceeds, as well as to threaten the smuggled aliens.

“This investigation has led to the break up of one of the most ruthless and longstanding human smuggling organizations operating in eastern Arizona and it wouldn’t have happened without the extraordinary efforts of all of the agencies involved,” said Alonzo Peña, special agent in charge for the ICE office of investigations in Arizona.

“The defendants mistakenly believed their remote location would keep them off of our radar screen, but as they found out, in Arizona, human smugglers can’t escape being brought to justice.”

A conviction for alien smuggling conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both. A conviction for money laundering carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

  

Why hasn’t ‘intifada’ in France been on the news?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Why hasn’t ‘intifada’ in France been on the news?

Because Bush, America, and/or Christianity are not to blame

“We know that America never favours Islamic movements anywhere in the world and such statements are part of an incorrect Zionist-inherited ideology”

“We know that America never favours Islamic movements anywhere in the world and such statements are part of an incorrect Zionist-inherited ideology”

America is lying about the Somali jihadists, says Mukhtar Robow, and of course it is the Zionists’ fault. “Islamists reject US terrorism warning,” by Mustafa Haji Abdinur for IOL:

Mogadishu – Somalia’s powerful Islamic movement on Friday rejected as “baseless” United States allegations that its supreme leader had authorised suicide attacks in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.The Islamists, some of whom are suspected of links with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network, said the “baseless warning” from Washington was part of pro-Zionist, Israeli propaganda aimed at destabilising the Muslim world.

“We know that America never favours Islamic movements anywhere in the world and such statements are part of an incorrect Zionist-inherited ideology,” said Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the Islamists’ deputy defense chief.

“Islam does not harm people,” he said. “The warnings issued by the American embassy issued are baseless and we never attack neighbouring countries.”

Except when we do — or prepare to.

Thousands march for secularism in Turkey

Thousands march for secularism in Turkey
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Saturday 04 November 2006 5:38 PM GMT

 

Thousands have marched through the Turkish capital, Ankara, vowing to defend Turkey’s secular state against rising Islamic sentiment within the ruling AK Party.

Some 12,000 people from more than 100 pro-secular associations waved Turkish flags as they marched to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Many carried posters of Ataturk.
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“Turkey is secular and it will remain secular,” they chanted during the march which was broadcast live on Turkish TV channels.

Secular Turks have felt increasingly threatened by a rise in Islamism under the AK Party.

There was outrage earlier this year when a high court judge, who had ruled against a teacher for wearing a headscarf to school, was shot by a lawyer. Tensions have been rising since.

Senal Sarihan, the president of the Republican Women’s Association, said: “The gains of the republic were being rolled back one by one. Today is the day to rise up for the Republic.”

Election debate

Ahmet Necdet Sezer, the Turkish president, who is a staunch secularist, is due to retire in May 2007. Parliament, which is dominated by legislators from the AK Party, will choose the next president. 

Sener Eruygur, the former commander of Turkey’s paramilitary forces and president of the Ataturk Thought Association, warned against alleged plans by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, to run for president in May.

Eruygur said: “There are plans to occupy the presidential palace a symbol of secularism in Turkey.”

Symbolic Although largely ceremonial, the presidency has become a symbol of secularism under Sezer. A former Constitutional Court judge, Sezer has vetoed a record number of laws that he deemed violated the secular constitution and has blocked government efforts to appoint hundreds of reportedly Islamic-oriented candidates to important civil service positions.

Citing the constitution Sezer said: “The state’s … order cannot be based on religious rules. Religion or religious sentiments … cannot be used for personal or political gains.”

Sezer has recently cautioned against the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.

Erdogan’s government denies that it has an Islamic agenda, but pro-secular Turks say that the government is slowly moving the country toward increased religious rule and threatening the secular state.

Reforms

Since taking power, Erdogan has shown his commitment to EU membership by enacting sweeping reforms that allowed the country to start accession talks in October 2005.

He has also stoked secularist concerns by speaking out against restrictions on wearing Islamic-style headscarfs in government offices and schools while taking steps to bolster religious schools. 

Erdogan tried to criminalise adultery before being forced to back down under intense EU pressure. Some party-run municipalities have taken steps to ban alcohol consumption in government tea houses.

The presidential palace is a government office and if Erdogan were to become president, the headscarf worn by his wife, Emine, could cause further tensions.

Aljazeera + Agencies

“Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world”

“Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world”

In “Hot for martyrdom” in the National Post (thanks to Barbara), Michael Coren speaks to the courageous Tawfik Hamid. Hamid makes many important points that we have made here on numerous occasions, accompanied by some insights you should not miss.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid doesn’t tell people where he lives. Not the street, not the city, not even the country. It’s safer that way. It’s only the letters of testimony from some of the highest intelligence officers in the Western world that enable him to move freely. This medical doctor, author and activist once was a member of Egypt’s Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Arabic for “the Islamic Group”), a banned terrorist organization. He was trained under Ayman al-Zawahiri, the bearded jihadi who appears in Bin Laden’s videos, telling the world that Islamic violence will stop only once we all become Muslims.He’s a disarmingly gentle and courteous man. But he’s determined to tell a complacent North America what he knows about fundamentalist Muslim imperialism.

“Yes, ‘imperialism,’ ” he tells me. “The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe.”

[…]

He is now 45 years old, and has had many years to reflect on why he was willing to die and kill for his religion. “The first thing you have to understand is that it has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with poverty or lack of education,” he says. “I was from a middle-class family and my parents were not religious. Hardly anyone in the movement at university came from a background that was different from mine.

I’ve heard this poverty nonsense time and time again from Western apologists for Islam, most of them not Muslim by the way. There are millions of passive supporters of terror who may be poor and needy but most of those who do the killing are wealthy, privileged, educated and free. If it were about poverty, ask yourself why it is middle-class Muslims — and never poor Christians — who become suicide bombers in Palestine.”

[…]

We’re not talking about a fringe cult here,” he tells me. “Salafist [fundamentalist] Islam is the dominant version of the religion and is taught in almost every Islamic university in the world. It is puritanical, extreme and does, yes, mean that women can be beaten, apostates killed and Jews called pigs and monkeys.”

He leans back, takes a deep breath and moves to another area, one that he says is far too seldom discussed: “North Americans are too squeamish about discussing the obvious sexual dynamic behind suicide bombings. If they understood contemporary Islamic society, they would understand the sheer sexual tension of Sunni Muslim men. Look at the figures for suicide bombings and see how few are from the Shiite world. Terrorism and violence yes, but not suicide. The overwhelming majority are from Sunnis. Now within the Shiite world there are what is known as temporary marriages, lasting anywhere from an hour to 95 years. It enables men to release their sexual frustrations.

“Islam condemns extra-marital sex as well as masturbation, which is also taught in the Christian tradition. But Islam also tells of unlimited sexual ecstasy in paradise with beautiful virgins for the martyr who gives his life for the faith. Don’t for a moment underestimate this blinding passion or its influence on those who accept fundamentalism.”

A pause. “I know. I was one who accepted it.”

[…]

“The sexual aspect is, of course, just one part of this. But I can tell you what it is not about. Not about Israel, not about Iraq, not about Afghanistan. They are mere excuses. Algerian Muslim fundamentalists murdered 150,000 other Algerian Muslims, sometimes slitting the throats of children in front of their parents. Are you seriously telling me that this was because of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians or American foreign policy?”

He’s exasperated now, visibly angry at what he sees as a willful Western foolishness. “Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They’re slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can’t you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want.”

Why indeed.

Memo on prayer and the Nov. 7 election

Memo on prayer and the Nov. 7 election
By Wayne Grudem
Friday, November 3, 2006
Please continue in much prayer for the election coming up November 7th.

Every day as I pray about this, and as I have been reading through 2 Chronicles at the same time, it does not seem to me that our country is in the same situation as ancient Israel in that period, where the leaders were all corrupt and led the people astray, and God brought judgment. Yes, there have been some corrupt people exposed in both parties (as the Lord in his providence “cleans house” and brings sin to light), but they surely do not represent the vast majority of people in politics today.

As I think through the different branches of US government (executive, beginning with the President, then the legislative branch, and judicial branch), and think about many people in leadership at the state level, I know of many, many people who are seeking to do right for our nation and are praying earnestly that God would grant blessing and success to their efforts. Many of them openly profess their faith in Jesus Christ, and many others are unbelievers but (by God’s common grace) are genuinely seeking to do what is right for the nation and have basically good goals for the nation (or so it seems to me).

Particularly with regard to President Bush, I was praying this morning, asking, “Lord, if you will not help this kind of a courageous President who earnestly seeks to follow you, and continually seeks to walk in paths of righteousness, then what kind of President will you ever help?” He has been frustrated by a wayward and timid Congress, and especially by a foolish Senate rule that effectively requires 60 votes to pass anything, but he himself has steadfastly done just what I (at least) had hoped he would do with regard to:

(a) appointing two excellent Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito,

(b) appointing dozens and dozens of Circuit Court and District Court judges who are committed to just interpreting laws, not making new laws from the bench,

(c) defense against terror – astoundingly, he has kept us free from attack for over 5 years (and been criticized and attacked for every part of that effort), and he has seen democratic governments established in the Afghanistan and Iraq, setting in motion a movement to change the history of the world by marginalizing Islamic terrorism in Muslim countries,

(d) school choice, doing what he can to promote this most significant of all needs to help overcome poverty,

(e) abortion – he signed the partial birth abortion ban law that President Clinton vetoed twice (1996 and 1997), and he has consistently been pro-life,

(f) support for a Constitutional amendment on marriage (which the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling last week shows we clearly need),

(g) the economy, pushing through several tax cuts that help everyone, and as the tax cuts have helped the economy they have done much good for the poor who need jobs, so that the economy has weathered both 9/11 and the 2001 recession and is now booming, the Dow Jones average is at its highest point in history, and we produce three times more goods and services than any economy in the world (we now produce about 33% of the world’s goods and services, and no other nation comes close),

(h) creation of jobs, with economic policies that have given a strong economy so that people who want jobs can find them (the unemployment rate today is only 4.4%, the lowest in years), something again that especially helps the poor,

(i) wise use of the environment, resisting the immense pressure to bring us onboard with the foolish Kyoto Protocol that is now harming European economies and helping nothing, and wisely supporting more domestic production of energy (especially ANWR in Alaska),

(j) embryonic stem cell research (that is, the creation of the beginnings of little babies just to harvest their parts), restricting federal funding and taking immense criticism for it,

(k) huge increases in aid to overcome AIDS in Africa, along with promotion of abstinence-based programs, for which he has again taken immense criticism,

(l) Social Security – he told the truth, and had plans to rescue it, but the timid Congress didn’t have the courage to touch it,

(m) faith-based programs – by executive order he is ending the discrimination against faith-based social services that actually work in changing lives through the power of Christ, and he had other excellent ideas, but couldn’t get Congress to go along,

(n) a sensible, comprehensive immigration program that included securing the border, some kind of path to citizenship for those who have broken no other laws and have been here working for some time, and also a documented guest worker program – good ideas, to my mind, in line with biblical injunctions to care for the “alien and sojourner,” but also including measures to punish those who do wrong — but the Congress would not do much about it,

(o) racial justice and reconciliation, appointing prominent African-American and Hispanic citizens to high government posts, and pushing for education reform, which would do more than perhaps anything to overcome persistent Black poverty (but the Democrats and the public school lobby have fought this tooth and nail),

(p) seeking to repeal the wrongful “death tax” on personal estates (but the Democrats blocked it in the Senate, because of the foolish rule needing 60 votes to pass anything, never intended by our Constitution),

(q) appointment of wise, tough diplomats to key posts, like John Bolton at the UN, Condoleezza Rice as Sec. of State, and Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank,

(r) personal conduct that is “above reproach,” giving moral leadership to the nation by example of life and by kindness that amazes me toward those in politics and in the press who continue relentlessly to attack him,

(s) probably many other things that I have by now forgotten.

(t) And all this in the face of a relentlessly hostile and negatively-biased press, and many people who simply attack everything he does, plus facing the daily responsibility of guarding our nation against the deep evil of worldwide terrorism.

What more could I ask from a President of the United States? You may differ with me on these things – it’s a free country! But these are my convictions, built up over six years of watching George Bush’s presidency.

Of course I have a few disagreements – I wish President Bush had not signed the McCain –Feingold bill to hinder campaign contributions and freedom of speech (but I don’t know what the alternatives were at that time, and perhaps McCain would have made any other legislation impossible for years). I also wish he had played more political hardball with Congress over greatly increased, wasteful spending (but I don’t know what the trade-offs were regarding votes for crucial issues of national defense and protection of the country from terrorism, and I know he sought a line-item veto to reign in spending and Congress would not grant it).

But overall I am so very very thankful for an outstanding, I think excellent President. He has done right. And he is changing world history in a right direction, a direction that will give more freedom for everyone to determine their own governments and their own religion, and (of significance to me as a Christian), more freedom for the proclamation of the gospel around the world, so that people would have a fair chance to hear and consider (but never ever be compelled to accept) that good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What about the Iraq war? It is just that – a war, and wars are not won quickly or easily. We were attacked in an act of war on 9/11, and we had been attacked by similar terrorists many times before that. Finally we are fighting back, against an invisible, very skillful, very evil enemy.

When people complain, “It’s not going well,” I just think, “What you are saying is that we haven’t won yet. But that is because there are still evil people in the world who want to destroy Iraq and eventually destroy Israel and destroy us, and in some countries their governments are not stopping them yet. So this is a huge task, but we have no choice but to go forward. There will only be one side left at the end of this war, and I want it to be us, not the Muslim terrorists.”

It seems to me that what we need as a country is to unite behind the President in this war, not attack every move he makes (isn’t this what a country usually does in war?). For every U.S. soldier who dies there are many times more terrorists who are caught or killed (which I think in light of Rom. 13:4 is the right thing for civil government to do), and the terrorist movements simply cannot and will not continue a losing battle forever. Criticism of the war sounds to me like people are saying, “There are still some evil people in the world, therefore Bush is a bad President.” That is misguided reasoning, because there will always be evil people in the world, and the God-given solution, according to Rom. 13:1-7, is to prevent them from harming others through the use of superior force by our military and police. That is what President Bush is doing, and I don’t know if anyone else in the world could do any better. (Many nations are not even trying, just sitting back and letting us do the dirty work while they criticize!)

So I think President Bush has done a very good job as President, in an amazingly difficult time.I think if we did not have such a hostile press the President’s approval rating might be well above 60%, if people were just aware of all the good this President has done. But his approval rating is low, and that affects the election. And I know that this election is more about him than much of anything else. What then will happen?

President Bush’s plans and goals will be stalled and he won’t be able to do much of anything if Democrats take control of Congress, for they will then control all bills that come to the floor, and probably start to launch endless “hearings” out of retribution for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and they will seek to cut off funding for fighting terrorism (all spending bills must originate in the House), and probably “leak” more national security secrets to the New York Times (as the Times, I think in order to harm President Bush, already destroyed our ability to listen in on terrorist phone calls and to track terrorist funds without the terrorists knowing it). Democrats in control of even just the House would just make President Bush’s last two years miserable. And so I pray, and ask, Will the Lord allow that? Would that please him? I hope not. I pray not.

So I continue to ask God if he will still hear the prayers of so many millions of his people, who are still seeking after many years to change the Supreme Court so that abortion could be prohibited by law in our country, so that marriage could be protected and the homosexual agenda would be stopped, so that Muslim terrorist attacks against Christians and against the basic human freedom of people to govern themselves could be defeated rather than encouraged around the world, so that true reform and true parental choice could come to our failed public school systems that are robbing millions of poor children of a chance to be productive citizens for their whole lives, so that wise policies concerning the use of the world’s resources could be implemented, so that the tax cuts could be made permanent and even expanded, to further strengthen the economy, and so that the judiciary could be sufficiently reformed that the will of the people, rather than the opinion of judges, would be the determining factor in the laws of our nation. All this and more is at stake, and much of it will become simply impossible if the Democrats take control of either the Senate or the House.

I can become troubled and discouraged (and astounded) by the polls that I see in the news media, but I continue to be encouraged that God is still in control of the affairs of nations (Ps. 75:6-7; Dan. 4:17; Rom. 13:1). And so, I call out to him to have mercy on us (for certainly the sins of our nation are many) and to hear the prayers of his people for the good of this nation and of the rest of the world (Matt. 6:10; 1 Tim. 2:1-2). The Lord could certainly intervene remarkably in events and in people’s hearts in the next few days.

Please pray with me for this (if you feel the same way).

Tough Measures Can Reverse Illegal Immigration!

Tough Measures Can Reverse Illegal Immigration!

Written by John Lillpop
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Tough Measures Can Reverse Illegal Immigration!

          Despite all the weak-kneed politicians and open borders activists who insist that illegal immigration cannot  be stopped, the small town of Hazletown, Pennsylvania, is proving that tough anti-illegal alien laws do work.

          As recounted in the story linked below, tough new laws in Hazletown have not only halted the growth of the illegal alien demographic there, but have even started a large-scale self-deportation by the criminals!

Go here for the story titled ”Hispanics Flee Pa. Town Before Crackdown
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          All this proves that there is still hope for America, provided our leaders do the right thing for the American people!  That means making it as uncomfortable as possible for illegal aliens so that they will be prompted to leave on their own.

          Are you listening, President Bush and the U.S. Congress?

  PRESIDENTS HOOVER & EISENHOWER DEPORTED MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS SO
AMERICANS  HAD WORK!

    Howdy, here is something to pass around.  I did not know of this
until it was pointed out to me.  Back during the great depression,
President Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens
in order to make the jobs available to American citizens that
desperately needed work.  And then again in 1954, President Dwight
Eisenhower deported 1.3 million Mexican nationals (called operation
“Wetback”) in order that returning American WWII and Korean veterans had
a better chance at jobs. It took 2 years, but they deported them.  If
they could deport the illegals back then, they can sure do it today!! 
If you have doubts about the veracity of this information, just type
Operation Wetback into your favorite search engine and confirm it for
yourself.

    Reminder:  Don’t forget to pay your taxes….. 12 million illegal
aliens are depending on you!No virus found in this incoming message.