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3/30/2005 - 500 agents head to Arizona border

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  • Al Soto
    “500 agents head to Arizona border” 3/30/2005 El Paso Times By Lara Jakes Jordan AP WASHINGTON – The Homland Security Department will assign more than
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2005

      �500 agents head to Arizona border�


      El Paso Times

      By Lara Jakes Jordan


      WASHINGTON � The Homland Security Department will assign more than 500 additional patrol agents to the porous Arizona border, saying they will help keep potential terrorists and undocumented immigrants from entering the country, the Associated Press has learned.

                      The border buildup is to be announced today � two days before civilian volunteers with the so called Minuteman Project begin a month long Arizona patrol against immigrants crossing the U.S. Mexico line.

                      About 155 agents will be immediately sent to Arizona , according to department officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buildup was not yet announced.  More than 370 additional agents � all new trainees � will be assigned to the Arizona border throughout the year.

                      Until they are in place, another 200 agents will be temporarily stationed in Arizona during the high immigration season this spring and summer, officials said.

                      A Senate aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Tuesday that more agents would be assigned to Arizona, but could not immediately say how many.

                      The 370-mile Arizona border is considered the most vulnerable stretch of the 2,000 mile southern border.  Of the 1.1 million undocumented immigrants apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol last year, 51% crossed into the country at the Arizona border.


      *Criminal complaints:  Mexico�s Foreign Relations Department said Tuesday that Mexican consulates in Arizona will file criminal complaints against any 8illegal detentions of its citizens by volunteers of the Minuteman Project.

      *Lawsuits:  Mexico�s Foreign Relations Department also said it would weigh further steps � apparently civil lawsuits � against people involved in what it described as �vigilanteism� against undocumented Mexican migrants.

      *Diplomatic note:  In February, Mexico sent the U.S. government a diplomatic note in which it asked American officials to ensure that migrants� rights are respected.

      *Detainees:  Mexican officials detained 6 Iraqis at checkpoints near the California border over the past week as they apparently were preparing to enter the United States .  There was no evidence that the detained Iraqis had ties to any terrorist group.

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