Check this from eastvalleytribune.com: “Armed conflict in Arizona between sheriff’s deputies and heavily equipped drug cartel squads is inevitable.” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu [not shown] announced at a speech last week. “We’re expecting a conflict. . . I absolutely believe you’re going to see that happen in the next 30 to 60 days. It’s not like I’m trying to start a war with the cartels. They’re coming through like they own this place, and we’re trying to stop them. I pray that every time, they surrender.” TTAG’s calling tomorrow (Monday) to see what firepower Barbeu’s boys are bringing to bear on the bad guys. Meanwhile, rest assured that it gets worse. Much, much worse . . .
Babeu ripped into Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s contention that the border is as safe and secure as it has ever been. Last year in the eastern portion of Arizona’s two sectors, which includes Phoenix and Tucson, the U.S. Border Patrol reported apprehending 241,000 illegal immigrants. However, the agency estimates there were an additional 400,000 illegal border crossers in this sector that were not caught, he said.
“Close to 20 percent already have criminal records established in America,” Babeu said.
A significant percentage of illegal immigrants caught in Pinal County are from countries other than Mexico, he said, including “countries of interest” such as Yemen, Somalia and Syria.
Huh. As a firearms website, I’m loathe to stray too far into a political arena. But let it be known that twenty percent of 641,000 is 128,200. Let’s say that estimate’s off by 50 percent. And let’s assume that 10 percent of these 64,100 illegal immigrants with a U.S. criminal record are involved in a violent crime in which a firearm is used. That’s 6,410 “gun crimes” per year.
Here’s one from azstarnet.com . . .
Three Mexican men accused in the killing a 15-year-old Tucson girl in 2009 have turned themselves in at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Customs and Border Protection spokesman Brian Levin says the men arrived at the Nogales port of entry in southeastern Arizona at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday and told officers they had warrants out for their arrest and were turning themselves in.
They were identified as 20-year-old Orel Vasquez, 26-year-old Christian Vasquez, and 29-year-old Juan Leon.
Police say the men broke into a Tucson home in August 2009 demanding drugs and money from those inside.
At some point they realized they were in the wrong house. They ran out the door and tried to carjack a passing vehicle.
A woman driving refused to stop and police say one suspect opened fire through the driver’s window, hitting and killing the woman’s 15-year-old daughter, Brenda Arenas.
Notice that this AP-circulated story forgets to mention all three men were illegal immigrants. What does that tell you?