Augusto Enrique Cruz, Central America, drugs, El Norte, immigration, immigration policy, Latin America, Mexico, migration, mining, Money-laundering, oil and gas, smuggling, Ted Cruz, tunnel smuggling, tunnels, US-Mexican Border, wall
Arrests were made Wednesday for yet another a tunnel under the US-Mexican border: “It is the 12th large-scale drug smuggling tunnel discovered along the California-Mexico border since 2006” (ice.gov)
How to get through a wall? Go over or under. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smuggling_tunnel How deep would they need to make the foundation for a wall?
“During the 2012 Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in Texas, Cruz stated that he favored building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border“. (Aman Batheja, “Immigration Emerges as Flashpoint in U.S. Senate Race“, Texas Tribune (June 20, 2012) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Ted_Cruz (Based on his web site this is still his position.)
Why aren’t any of these jokers speaking out against the import of foreign nuclear waste to dump on America?
They don’t say how many people smuggling tunnels have been found, but they can be used for that too. For those who forgot part of the movie El Norte, or never saw it: http://youtu.be/Qe_pcfYGrLs
El Norte: “After their first failed attempt to cross the “frontera”, where a man posing as a coyote deceives and attempts to rob them, they have a horrific experience when they finally cross the U.S.-Mexican border through a sewer pipe laden with rats.” This was the funnier and more memorable part: “Working as a domestic, she is puzzled when her Anglo employer shows her a washing machine.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Norte_(film)
The US should consider the logical policy of allowing more legal immigration from the Americas and little to no immigration from elsewhere. In fact, non-indigenous Americans need to be allowed right of return to their homelands of origin – not forced but they should have that option. All should have the right to return home.
And, the US government needs to allow NO MORE IMMIGRATION OF NUCLEAR WASTE. How does it make sense to steal America from the natives just to make it a nuclear waste dump for third parties, such as Europe and Japan?
Shouldn’t an indigenous person from Central America or Mexico have more right to be in the US than people from outside of the continent with no historic ties? The mound builders of Central America are believed to have lived in what is now the USA, before moving southward. Why should China and India pour their endless streams of surplus population into the US, while indigenous peoples of the Americas are locked out? This wasn’t always the case. “The passage of the Hart–Celler Act contributed to increased illegal immigration from Latin America, especially Mexico, since the unlimited legal bracero program previously in place was eliminated.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_of_1924
Obviously something should be done to the stop the land grabs in Latin America. These are often related to surface mining, and oil and gas drilling. They contribute to mass migration and crime, too. People need to have the right to stay home, as well as to return home.
Owner of Calexico ‘tunnel house’ arrested in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – The owner of the Calexico, California, residence used to conceal the U.S. exit to a cross-border drug smuggling tunnel dismantled Wednesday has been was arrested in Tucson by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Augustin Enrique Cruz, aka Tinky, 22, of Tucson, was taken into custody Thursday on various federal criminal charges, including narcotics trafficking, money laundering and tunnel-related offenses. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California.
Wednesday, some 100 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel executed search and arrest warrants, marking the latest developments in a lengthy multi-agency investigation spearheaded by HSI into the more than 400-yard long tunnel, which originated beneath a coffee shop in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. So far, seven individuals have been arrested in the case, five in the U.S. and two in Mexico.
According to a criminal complaint, Cruz traveled from Arizona to the Calexico area on multiple occasions in late 2014 to look for property to serve as the exit point for a tunnel originating in Mexicali. In January 2014, Cruz purchased the property at 902 E. Third Street and it was placed in his name in July 2015.
After buying the land, Cruz and his coconspirators hired local contractors to build a new house on the lot. Cruz’s boss directed the contractor to leave a space in the foundation for a floor safe, which would serve as the exit point for the tunnel. Construction of the residence was completed in late December 2015 at a cost of approximately $86,000. According to court documents, in late January Cruz rented a walk-behind saw and concrete blade to widen the exit point of the tunnel.
Unbeknownst to the defendants, the property purchase and home construction were being closely monitored by HSI special agents in Calexico. Based on court-authorized wiretaps and surveillance, HSI special agents learned that Cruz and his coconspirators began smuggling narcotics through the tunnel on or after Feb. 28. On March 7, HSI special agents and police officers in West Covina, California, seized over 1,350 pounds of marijuana that had been brought through the tunnel and transported to Los Angeles via Brawley. This is the only known instance where traffickers moved narcotics from Calexico to onward locations for distribution.
In addition to buying the property for the tunnel residence, the criminal complaint also alleges Cruz arranged to purchase several vehicles that were used to transport marijuana from the Third Street home to other storage locations in Calexico.
This is the first operational smuggling tunnel discovered in Calexico in a nearly a decade. It is the 12th large-scale drug smuggling tunnel discovered along the California-Mexico border since 2006. The majority of these passageways have been detected in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, where the terrain is easier to excavate and the thousands of warehouses on either side of the border provide camouflage for illicit activities.” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/owner-calexico-tunnel-house-arrested-arizona See more here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/owner-tunnel-house-calexico-arrested-today-arizona