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BORDER VIOLENCE IN ARIZONA, UNION STANCE

 

John W. Slagle
March 24, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

On March 07, 2008, a mistrial, not a full acquittal was declared against U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Corbett charged with second degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide. The incident which transpired 13 months prior involved an encounter with a group of illegal aliens near Naco, Arizona. Francisco Dominguez-Rivera, a Mexican national purportedly armed with a rock was killed by a single round from the agent's service pistol. There are many media reports of the Corbett murder trial on the www from local news services to the New York Times and everything in between. Most news reports have facts portrayed as well the opposing viewpoints from every quarter, real or imagined.

On January 19, 2008, A Yuma Senior Border Patrol Agent, Louis Aguilar was killed on duty by the deliberate vehicular homicide perpetrated by a smuggler who "ran over" the officer. His death in the line of duty was soon forgotten by the press and the general public. The subject of violence on the border has been addressed on News With Views which included the escalating problem of "rocking, stoning incidents, Molotov cocktails "hurled at patrol vehicles to countless physical assaults, armed and unarmed directed against the U.S.B.P.

The F.B.I. also carries incident reports, violence along the border on intelligence assessments.

Through many years on the Border, I have been hit by rocks and shot at by incoming rounds. An impact by a thrown rock is as lethal as a 7.62x39 A-47 round in close quarters. People often forget in this civilized society that "death by stoning" was a common public method of execution, homicide prior to Jesus Christ and long after. A "blunt force impact" from one rock or many is a lethal force that depending on the circumstances should never be taken "lightly" nor the intent of the person armed with an age old weapon or a modern firearm. The U.S.B.P. confronts, arrests multi-thousands of illegal aliens, from all nations monthly including serious criminal elements of society, narcotics smugglers, organized human traffickers ,wanted felons to suspected terrorists which is an endless task . Few problems are ever brought to the attention of the general public. Agents Compeon and Ramos remain in jail for an over zealous prosecution attempt by the U.S. Attorney's office with full cooperation extended to a known drug smugglers testimony.

The recent federal case in Tucson involving Nicholas Corbett which resulted in a mistrial is becoming all too common in "ham-stringing effective law enforcement efforts" on the border.

Corbett is a U.S. Marine Veteran with 5 years service as an Agent, not a "novice" in fear of the unknown. Lethal force was met with lethal force to uphold the law.

The continuing problem of effective law enforcement and violence along the borders of this nation lies directly with " law makers" and past elected leaders of both political parties.

In this day of "rainbow warriors" in Presidential Campaigns, open borders zealots, in a time of war, active prosecutions of agents appear to be the Standard Operating Procedure. I'm proud that the Arizona U.S.B.P. Union as well as the National Council are "speaking out" on the issues.

Unions were established to protect the rights of the individual members in unfair labor practices and most labor unions in 2008 are almost non-existent or controlled by politics.

After decades in the "trenches" war and peace, good times and bad, it's always curious in election cycles every two, four or six years, the American public is bombarded completely "brainwashed" by main-stream media presentations unaware of what a "hopeful" leader has accomplished in life. Know your politicians, year by year, what they have accomplished as Senators for this nation, voting records for the people of the United States, not the "usual" sheep herding" prepared speeches for the uniformed. Oratory skills before a massive public are fine, but what change was ever made during their tenure as Senators of their representative States? In Arizona we know on issues of illegal immigration that we stood alone with little representation other than Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo and State GOP Representatives.

Voting records are a matter of public concern. 2003 was a very dangerous time in Southern Arizona for border residents reported by numerous medias on the increasing illegal entry invasion as well as crime, organized smuggling. Time, American Legion, CNN Presents, et. all presented the facts. While facts were aired: past and present In Arizona...

2003- Sen. McCain was a co-sponsor of S. 1645, the AgJOBS amnesty.
2003- Sen. McCain was a co-sponsor the S. 1461 amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
2005- Sen. McCain and Sen. Kennedy introduced S.1033, the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty for virtually all illegal aliens, co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman.
2005- Sen. McCain was a co-sponsor of S. 239, the AgJOBS amnesty.
2005- Sen. McCain voted against providing funding for additional Border Patrol and ICE agents by voting against the Byrd Amendment to H.R. 1268.
2006- Sen. McCain voted against extending the border fence in the Sessions Amendment (2) to H.R. 5441.
2006- Sen. McCain voted to prevent the border fence from being built by voting in favor of the Managera Amendment to S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006.
2006- Sen. McCain voted to allow illegal aliens to receive Social Security by voting to table the Ensign Amendment to S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006.
2006- Sen. McCain voted against funding additional immigration investigators by voting against the Sessions Amendment (1) to H.R. 5441.
2006- Sen. McCain voted in favor of S. 2611, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. This bill would have awarded amnesty to 10.2 million illegal aliens.
2007- Sen. McCain was heavily involved in the backroom negotiations of S. 1348 with Sen. Kennedy and Pres. Bush this was an amnesty (permanent residency & path to citizenship) for more than 10 million illegal aliens.
2007- Sen. McCain cast several votes to protect the amnesty in S. 1639 and to move the amnesty toward a vote.
2007- Sen. McCain is a co-sponsor of S. 774, the DREAM Act. The bill would grant in-state tuition and amnesty to more than a million illegal aliens under the age of 30.
2007- Sen. McCain is a co-sponsor of S. 340, the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act of 2007 (AgJOBS). This bill would grant amnesty to millions of illegal agricultural workers.

* In 1986, 2.7 million Special Agricultural Workers were granted Amnesty, IRCA with a fraud filled program that continued with extensions for millions more well into the year 2000. Illegal immigration from foreign nations never ceased but actually increased by millions yearly.

Presidential hopefuls, Republican and Democrats have been by voting records on the same "tune" for many years regarding illegal immigration, national security efforts.

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Source: U.S. Border Patrol Union, Local 2544 - Tucson Arizona re: Corbett Murder Trial

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John W. Slagle is a U.S. Navy Aviation Veteran, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engines rated and was a Firefighter, Engineer Lt. prior to United States Border Patrol service spanning 30 years. Duties included Agent/Medic, Special Tracking and Rescue Unit, Intelligence Officer, Sector Pilot to Criminal Investigator.

Slagle spent 12 years in undercover operations nationwide as a Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Operations involving organized human trafficking, narcotics, certified Master Gun Smith and second degree Nidan black belt Goshin Iaido.

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Through many years on the Border, I have been hit by rocks and shot at by incoming rounds. An impact by a thrown rock is as lethal as a 7.62x39 A-47 round in close quarters.