In Phoenix, police are going after an Iraqi immigrant family which has behaved violently toward their disobedient 19-year-old. Yusra Farhan (pictured) recently beat her daughter Ayia so severely that she wound up in the hospital because the girl had spoken to a boy at school.
One can assume Phoenix law enforcement is paying close attention to this case in order to prevent another Arizona honor killing like the 2009 murder of Noor Almaleki by her father for living an un-Islamic lifestyle.
Predictably, the family used the shopworn cultural defense, that daughters who are insufficiently submissive can be smacked around or even killed in dear Iraq with no legal consequences. Therefore, as arrogant Muslims, they assert their right to live according to sharia law in America.
The video below is fascinating in how the beastly younger girls are trained to be willing Muslim enforcers, and even the abused daughter defends her backward parents and their retro values.
The gruesome mom and kiddies would make a great twisted sitcom, that might be called Sharia Family Circus or perhaps Little Mosque in the Desert.
(Just kidding — Muslim immigrants with their misogynous diversity are not amusing at all.)
PHOENIX – An Iraqi family living in the valley claim it is part of their culture, but police say it’s a crime.
Police have re-arrested Yusra Farhan, an Iraqi woman taken into custody last week. Farhan was accused of beating her 19-year-old daughter for talking to a boy, but detectives have found that wasn’t the first time.
Back in November, Farhan allegedly burned the victim’s face and chest with a hot spoon, because she did not agree to an arranged marriage with a 38-year-old man.
Also arrested were Farhan’s husband and 18-year-old daughter. 45-year-old Mohammed Altameemi is facing one count of aggravated assault. Tabarak Altameemi, 18, is facing one count of aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment. She allegedly helped hold down her sister.
Yusra Farhan is facing a new charge of aggravated assault.
In San Francisco, the trial of Edwin Ramos is in its third week for the murder of Tony Bologna and his two sons, Michael and Matthew. Part of the prosecution strategy to establish motive has been to show that Ramos was an active member of the MS-13 crime gang and shot the Bolognas as a mistaken-identity gangster revenge killing. Ramos said that he used to be a busy gang-banger but had dropped out to spend more time with his family.
The case has focused a light on the proliferation of gang crime in the sanctuary city which has gone to great lengths to coddle diverse criminals. Foreign “youth” have been particularly pampered with special culturally appropriate programs and a comfy group home to gently entice them away from crime. (See Another San Francisco Poster Boy Crack Dealer.)
San Francisco used to be a nice city with interesting bohemian highlights. But years of progressive politics, its self-designation of sanctuary and actually advertising freebies for illegal aliens have caused foreign gang crime to flourish. The current trial is revealing how pervasive it is.
An acquaintance of the man accused of gunning down a father and his two sons in San Francisco testified today that the defendant had been an active member of the MS-13 gang, countering defense arguments that he had been trying to leave the gang life to spend more time with his wife and baby.
Marvin Medina, 25, testified in the triple-murder trial of Edwin Ramos that the alleged killer had been one of the gang members who counted to 13 as Medina was “jumped in” – beaten and kicked – as part of his initiation into Pasadena Locos Sureños faction of MS-13, also known as PLS.
Just hours after Medina was jumped into the gang, he said, Ramos drove him to San Francisco to show him “the territory.”
“He has a great history in San Francisco, and everyone would talk about him,” Medina testified through a Spanish-language interpreter.
Medina also said Ramos had to take pills for mental health issues.
Ramos, 25, joined the MS-13 faction after leaving another of the gang’s Mission District cliques, 20th Street, in 2006, Medina said.
Ramos’ former brother-in-law and 20th Street associate, Abraham Martinez, testified earlier in the trial that Ramos had quit because he thought 20th Street wasn’t violent enough.
Prosecutors say Ramos shot and killed Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, as they were driving near their home in the Excelsior neighborhood in June 2008 in revenge for an earlier shooting that wounded Medina. Investigators believe Ramos mistook one of the sons for a rival gang member.
Ramos’s attorney, Marla Zamora, has argued that in the months before the shooting, Ramos focused most of his energies on working at an auto repair shop in South San Francisco and spending time with his wife and baby.
Zamora says Ramos was driving the shooter’s car when the Bolognas were killed, but that he did not fire the shots. Instead, she says, an MS-13 leader named Wilfredo “Flaco” Reyesruano killed the father and his sons.
Medina testified that Reyesruano was a member of PLS and was Ramos’ best friend. Reyesruano’s whereabouts are unknown.
Medina also testified at Ramos’ preliminary hearing in 2009, but was convicted of perjury after claiming he had no association with MS-13. His girlfriend testified he has a large “MS” tattooed on his back.
Medina was granted immunity from additional charges for providing “honest answers” at the trial, prosecutor Harry Dorfman said.
His testimony is expected to continue through Thursday.
In Newark, the fifth trial of the horrific Newark schoolyard killings of three local college students has wrapped up with convictions on many charges. Peruvian illegal alien Jose Carranza was found guilty on felony murder and robbery.
Carranza (pictured below) was a dangerous criminal with a rap sheet of violent crimes, but he was not deported even after some alarming activities:
[. . .] FOX News has learned Carranza, who has a fake Social Security number, had been arrested on charges of raping a 5-year-old girl and then threatening the child and her parents. In that case he faced a 31-count indictment.
In another, he was arrested on assault charges stemming from a bar fight.
How can an illegal alien accused of child rape be released from jail to endanger the public? Carranza’s trail from violence against a child to the deaths of innocents was entirely predictable. The terrible crimes on the Newark schoolyard could have been prevented by normal public safety measures of imprisoning and then deporting violent illegal foreigners.
A jury today found a man charged in connection with the Newark schoolyard slayings guilty of felony murder of three college-bound friends.
Jose Carranza, 32, of Newark was also found guilty of the robbery of three students, including a fourth who was the lone survivor of the attack. He was found not guilty of sexually assaulting the survivor, 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel.
Prosecutors say Carranza, one of six men accused in the killings, was there when they were killed.
He was accused of sexually assaulting one of the victims and then using a 12-inch machete to slash at her neck. The victim, 19-year-old Natasha Ariel, survived the attack.
Prosecutors said a fingerprint of Carranza’s was found on a still-cold bottle of beer at the murder scene. And Aeriel identified him in a series of photographs from her hospital bed.
Carranza, 32, is charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery and other offenses. Unlike his co-defendants, Carranza is also charged with the sexual assault of Aeriel.
Aeriel’s brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18, and her friends, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey, both 20, all died from gunshots to the head. They were all either attending or planning to attend Delaware State University that fall.
Two of the six accused – Rodolfo Godinez, 28, and Alexander Alfaro, 21 – were convicted by a jury and are serving life sentences. Shahid Baskerville and another defendant, Melvin Jovel, 22, pleaded guilty; Jovel is serving a life sentence and Baskerville accepted a 30-year sentence in exchange for testifying at Carranza’s trial and the trial of the remaining defendant, Gerardo Gomez, 19.
Baskerville, 20, testified during Carranza’s trial that the 32-year-old sexually assaulted Natasha Aeriel and slashed her neck with a 12-inch kitchen knife. In exchange for his testimony, Baskerville will likely be sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Baskerville said the group had been celebrating Gomez’s 15th birthday that August 4 night the killings took place nearly five years ago.
Prosecutors say all six defendants charged in the shootings have ties to a Central American gang known as MS-13 and they believe the murders were gang-related.
Carranza, an illegal immigrant from Peru, is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence in an unrelated aggravated assault case and was free on bail when the killings occurred.
Authorities say Carranza’s fingerprint, found on a 40-ounce bottle of Colt 45, places him at the scene of the murders. His attorney argued that a fingerprint alone does not indicate whether he participated in the attack.
Carranza’s sentencing will be held in April.
Diverse Muslims continue to behave badly in America, as shown by the recent guilty plea of Uzbek citizen Ulugbek Kodirov (pictured) for plotting to murder the President. Apparently the more hostile members of the Religion of Peace no longer regard Mr. Obama as a secret Muslim and one of their own tribe (although BHO has gone to great lengths to embrace his Muslim heritage, including his famous Cairo outreach speech).
The would-be assassin Kodirov entered the US on a student visa, but never attended any college (only the mosque), making him an illegal.
He escaped a life sentence by agreeing to a plea deal, so the details of yet another Islamic threat are being swept under the rug from the view of the public.
Interestingly, the New York Times recently reported that the Muslim terror threat is overblown, according to a recent study:
WASHINGTON — A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group.
The study, to be released on Wednesday, found that 20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and a spike of 47 in 2009. [. . .]
Are we supposed to find those numbers reassuring? Nineteen determined jihadists managed to murder nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. The police need to catch every dangerous plotter to keep us safe, and if the bad guys get lucky just once then innocent citizens will die. If the Uzbek got even close to the liberal media’s darling Obama, they would be squawking up a storm about the lack of security against obvious threats from abroad.
Birmingham, Ala. (AP) — A man from Uzbekistan who pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to kill President Barack Obama with an automatic rifle claimed he was acting at the direction of an Islamic terror group in his home country.
Authorities said Ulugbek Kodirov had discussed trying to kill the president as he campaigned for re-election because he would be out in public more often. Kodirov entered the plea during a hearing in Birmingham before U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon, an Obama appointee.
Defense attorney Lance Bell said the 22-year-old Kodirov avoided a potential life sentence by pleading guilty. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though Bell expected Kodirov to receive about half that. The judge also told Kodirov that he will face deportation once he’s released from prison.
Kodirov pleaded guilty to three counts: Threatening to kill the president, possessing an automatic weapon, and providing material support to terrorists. Four other charges were dropped as part of the deal.
Area Muslims who knew Kodirov were stunned to learn of his plans.
“I really didn’t want to believe it,” said Ashfaq Taufique, president of the Birmingham Islamic Society. “I knew him. He attended mosque. He never demonstrated any radicalization in his behavior, his words.” Continue reading this article
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an adorable moppet’s dad will DIE! unless we taxpayers fund his lifetime of medical upkeep at tens of thousands of dollars annually following an organ transplant.
The Chron provided an array of heart-tuggy photos of illegal alien Jesus Navarro and his cutesy kid in its recent article, which also included ways to “help” the Mexican get a kidney transplant here in stupid-generous broke America. The Chronicle also points readers to the special website, Transplant4Jesus which calls him an “unemployed father” with an “ongoing struggle.”
Almost every news story about illegal alien Jesus Navarro included photos of him with his cute anchor-daughter, like the one below.
Jesus has a new kidney lined up (to be donated by his wife) but the medical honchos at UCSF Medical Center haven’t want to perform the operation on someone unable to afford the lifetime of follow-up care, which can range from $10,000 to $60,000 annually. His supporters naturally hope to have those costs picked up by Medi-Cal, aka the taxpayers.
None of Navarro’s new friends mention the obvious fact: he is a citizen of Mexico and therefore their problem, not ours. Mexico is a wealthy nation (#14 worldwide in national GDP), with all the usual medical services. People actually travel to Mexico to get cheap organ transplants.
UCSF Medical Center officials on Thursday said they would perform a kidney transplant operation on an Oakland man who had accused the medical center of denying him a kidney transplant because of his immigration status.
But the hospital said Jesus Navarro must prove he can pay for his medications and follow-up care after surgery.
Navarro, a 35-year-old father and illegal immigrant suffering from kidney disease, has received national attention. His case prompted 140,000 people to sign an online petition urging UCSF to approve his surgery and sparked widespread debate over whether patients’ immigration status should influence whether they get the operation.
On Thursday, both UCSF officials and Navarro said much of the controversy has been a misunderstanding. They said Navarro’s financial and health insurance uncertainties – not his immigration status – are the reason for the potential delays.
“UCSF does not and will not discriminate on the basis of immigration status,” the hospital said Thursday in its first public statement about Navarro’s case.
However, hospital administrators acknowledged his immigration status complicates the issue because it may make Navarro ineligible for government programs to help pay for ongoing medical care and lifesaving drugs needed to prevent organ rejection.
SALT LAKE CITY— A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a reality TV show polygamist and his wives, challenging Utah’s ban on polygamy.
In a ruling released late Friday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that Kody Brown’s lawsuit against the state can proceed. However, he did dismiss Governor Gary Herbert and Attorney General Mark Shurtleff as defendants. Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman remains a defendant.
The Browns’ appearance on the TV show “Sister Wives” put them under investigation by Lehi police. Last year, the Browns turned around and sued the state of Utah, challenging the ban on polygamy. The Browns’ lawsuit has the potential to decriminalize polygamy in Utah. [. . .]
These days, with the growing anything-goes attitude exemplified by the recent California ruling favoring gay marriage, it’s useful to remember how the American prohibition of polygamy came to Utah, the historic home of the misogynous practice in this country.
The upshot is that the federal government refused to accept Utah as a state until it outlawed polygamy. The territory first applied for statehood in 1849 with no success because of its acceptance of multiple wives, something deeply objectionable to Americans of that time.
Resolved: That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism — Polygamy, and Slavery.
Only when the territory agreed to end polygamy by voting the prohibition into the Utah constitution was it accepted as a state — in 1896.
So Americans of a century ago understood the inequality of allowing men to have multiple wives, but not the other way around — decades before women got the right to vote.
For a view on how polygamy might expand if permitted to do so, consider the state of civil society in Britain. Bowing to the Islamic immigrant influx, the government now provides welfare for Muslims’ extra wives and their kiddies. The traditional British taxpayer gets no such benefit. (See Polygamy Diversity to Be Rewarded.)
Polygamy in Muslim societies often goes hand in hand with abusive child marriage, as illustrated by the Afghan couple pictured below.
The legalization of gay marriage in six states and the continued efforts toward legalizing it in the rest of the country has opened the flood gates that have, for hundreds of years defined legal marriage in the United States as the union between one man and one woman.
As more proponents of gay marriage push bills through Congress and rally votes that support marriage as a constitutional right for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation another group that remains decidedly outside the legal confines of marriage is slowly entering the limelight.
Over 130 years ago a decision was made that criminalized the practice of polygamy in the United States.
Despite the redefinition of legal marriage to include homosexual couples, the country still grapples at the idea of polygamy, a commonly misunderstood primarily religiously based practice. [. . .]
Right. A “commonly misunderstood primarily religiously based practice” that happens to treat women as interchangeable parts.
CBN reporter Dale Hurd checks in with Spain to see how Muslim immigration is working out.
Not so well, as it happens. The demographic transformation has been swift and brutal, particularly when combined with the Islamic view that the 700 years of Muslim rule of al Andalus entitles them to move in and take over.
The fear is growing in towns like Salt, where the political takeover by Muslims is within view. A pro-Spain party, Platform for Catalonia, is opposed to the invasion, but the hour is late.
BARCELONA, Spain — Bullfighting is now illegal in the Spanish province of Catalonia. Some arenas have been converted into business spaces.
But Muslims want to turn the most famous arena, the Coliseum, into a giant mosque.
In fact, some cities in Spain now look more like the Middle East. Muslims, who once ruled most of nation, are returning in large numbers.
In the city of Salt, parents have come to pick up their children from school. Muslims already make up 40 percent of city residents and will soon be the majority.
But the city government has pushed back, placing a one-year hold on a large mosque project funded by radical Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia.
For good measure, someone cursed the ground at the building site with a pig head that was still there when CBN News arrived. Islamic law forbids the building of a mosque on ground soiled by pigs.
But the number of Muslims in Salt is increasing so rapidly, it is now only a matter of time before Muslims will be running the city.
“When the first Muslim political party presents itself, all the Muslims will vote for it, and we’ll all end up wearing headscarves. We’re in a really big problem,” Salt city councilwoman Maria Osuna told CBN News.
Immigration or Invasion?
In the 7th century, Muslim armies conquered most of Spain, calling it Al-Andulus. They would not be completely expelled for 700 years, the year Columbus discovered the new world.
Now Muslims are returning, and polls suggest they are not returning to be Spaniards. A Pew survey found that 7 out of 10 Muslims in Spain think of themselves as Muslim rather than Spaniards.
“Plataforma x Catalunya,” or Platform for Catalonia, was the first political party to take the Muslim surge seriously. But in politically correct Spain, which celebrated the 1,300-year anniversary of the Muslim invasion as a good thing, Platform for Catalonia is denounced as racist and xenophobic. Continue reading this article
The New York Times has noticed the trend nationwide (posted below), but doesn’t mention how citizen young people get shafted as a result. Every slot taken by a rich Red Chinese national is a space not available for a citizen kid, whose parents have paid a lifetime of taxes to fund America’s educational infrastructure.
In addition, certain Presidential candidates think that “stapling green cards to diplomas” is a fine idea. Perhaps Mr. Romney, Gingrich et al haven’t thought the policy through, since it plays havoc with limiting H-1b visas to promote citizen employment in tech and engineering fields. And given the fondness of business for a diverse-appearing workforce, white Americans will be at a disadvantage in competing with foreign graduates.
SEATTLE — This is the University of Washington’s new math: 18 percent of its freshmen come from abroad, most from China. Each pays tuition of $28,059, about three times as much as students from Washington State. And that, according to the dean of admissions, is how low-income Washingtonians — more than a quarter of the class — get a free ride.
With state financing slashed by more than half in the last three years, university officials decided to pull back on admissions offers to Washington residents, and increase them to students overseas.
That has rankled some local politicians and parents, a few of whom have even asked Michael K. Young, the university president, whether their children could get in if they paid nonresident tuition. “It does appeal to me a little,” he said.
There is a widespread belief in Washington that internationalization is the key to the future, and Mr. Young said he was not at all bothered that there were now more students from other countries than from other states. (Out-of-state students pay the same tuition as foreign students.)
“Is there any advantage to our taking a kid from California versus a kid from China?” he said. “You’d have to convince me, because the world isn’t divided the way it used to be.”
If the university’s reliance on full-freight Chinese students to balance the budget echoes the nation’s dependence on China as the largest holder of American debt, well, said the dean of admissions, Philip A. Ballinger, “this is a way of getting some of that money back.”
By the reckoning of the Institute of International Education, foreign students in the United States contribute about $21 billion a year to the national economy, including $463 million here in Washington State. But the influx affects more than just the bottom line — campus culture, too, is changing.
While the University of Washington’s demographic shifts have been sharper and faster — international students were 2 percent of the freshmen in 2006 — similar changes are under way at flagship public universities across the nation: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and University of California campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles all had at least 10 percent foreign freshmen this academic year, more than twice that of five years ago. And at top private schools including Columbia University, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania, at least 15 percent of this year’s freshmen are from other countries.
All told, the number of undergraduates from China alone has soared to 57,000 from 10,000 five years ago. At the University of Washington, 11 percent of the nearly 5,800 freshmen are from China. Continue reading this article
The Grassley amendment would not have saved young Matthew Denice (pictured) from being dragged to death by a drunk illegal alien from Ecuador. Nicolas Guaman had several previous arrests, including the assault of a police officer, but there were no earlier DUIs, and he was not deported.
A better idea would be the Scott Gardner Act first introduced by Rep Sue Myrick (R-NC) in 2005: the upshot of which is “You’re drunk, you’re driving, you’re illegal, you’re deported, period.”
America’s favorite drunk-driving illegal alien uncle could be on his way home if he continues his drunk driving ways. At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 18-0 to pass an amendment by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R.-Iowa), which would change current statutes to make habitual drunk driving cause for deportation, but Democrats voted to strike language that would have made the provision retroactive. Habitual drunk driving is defined as having three DUI convictions. If it was retroactive, it would mean bittersweet homecomings for many out-of-status visitors to our shores.
It would also mean a difficult situation for “sanctuary” cities and towns that do not report illegal aliens they encounter to federal authorities. If each new drunk driving conviction equals one third of a guaranteed deportation, immigration law nullifiers may start charging drunk driving illegals with something else. Continue reading this article
The following video from Encounter Books is a brilliant use of Youtube for both marketing and education. It provides an overview of the premise of Andrew McCarthy’s new book The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America with a nifty cartoon format to explain the history of the Muslim Brotherhood and what it is doing now.
The real threat to the United States is not terrorism. The real threat is the sophisticated forces of Islamism, which have collaborated with the American Left not only to undermine U.S. national security but to shred the fabric of American constitutional democracy. In The Grand Jihad, bestselling author Andrew C. McCarthy provides a harrowing account of how the global Islamist movement’s jihad involves far more than terrorist attacks, and how it has found the ideal partner in President Barack Obama, whose Islamist sympathies run deep.
Twenty years doesn’t seem an adequate sentence for a death caused by drunk driving, but Judge Jon Farris thought the illegal alien killer’s apology was touching enough to merit a lowered sentence, and family tears were shed on behalf of the perp in court as well. Neither of the surviving victims appeared, who were seriously injured in the crash.
Not only was there an emotional apology, the killer said he found god in jail and had quit drinking. Plus, he says he wants to become an ordained minister.
Below, crime victim Sister Denise Mosier and drunk-driving illegal alien Carlos Martinelly Montano.
The case was a big embarrassment to the Obama administration which had professed to creating an immigration system that was tough on dangerous criminals and not so hard on the proverbial busboys. Unfortunately for Obama, the crash that killed Sister Denise Mosier occurred not far from Washington and couldn’t be ignored in the capital city. DHS Secretary Napolitano withheld records about the case which increased the suspicion that it was even dirtier than it appeared.
Plus, the DHS snooze-through illustrated how the federal government still does not regard drunk driving seriously enough to deport the dangerous foreigners who drive drunk. The agency promised to do better in the future, but that remains to be seen.
Carlos Martinelly Montano, a 23-year-old Bolivian national who had been set for deportation before he was convicted of killing a Prince William County nun and injuring two others in his third DUI offense, was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.
Martinelly Montano pleaded guilty in October to lesser charges of driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. During his trial, he was found guilty of felony murder.
At the last second before he was sentenced for killing a nun in a drunk driving crash, he asked to speak. Clutching a hand written letter, he read his statement to Judge Lon Farris.
“I am truly sorry,” Montano said. “I feel terrible. I have agonizing pain in my heart.”
“Ever since the accident, I have been deeply moved for the life and the damage I inflicted upon the sisters.”
Martinelly Montano admitted he was drunk while driving in Brisow on Aug. 1, 2010 when he hit a car carrying Sisters Denise Mosier, Charlotte Lange and Connie Ruth Lupton. Mosier was killed, while Lange and Lupton were both seriously injured.
He says he had a drinking problem that lead to the decision he made that morning.
While they were not in the courtroom today, Martinelly Montano says the other nuns have forgiven him for the death of Mosier. He says that mercy helped him fight off alcoholism and find religion in jail.
“I’m ready to take full responsibilty for my actions and I accept the consequences,” he told the judge.
No one representing the nuns was present during today’s sentencing.
Judge Lon Farris said he lowered the initial sentence after Martinelly Martinelly Montano read the statement professing his remorse. Continue reading this article
According to the elite liberal media like the New York Times, the illegal immigration invasion is over, so we can all forget about it and concern ourselves with the Superbowl, the Oscars and getting around to an amnesty for mucho millions.
Meanwhile, down on the physical border (not the imaginary one of MSM’s collective imagination), illegals keep coming, as shown by the mountains of trash which accumulate. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality estimates border crossers dump 2,000 tons of trash each year. Local volunteers showed up recently to load up piles of trash for the dump.
Picking her way into the desert brush, Raquel Martinez gathered scores of plastic water bottles tossed in an Arizona desert valley near the Mexico border, often by migrants making a risky trek into the United States across increasingly remote terrain.
“We need more bags … there’s so much trash,” said Martinez, one of scores of volunteers helping clean up the dry bed of the Santa Cruz River about 10 miles north of the Mexico border on Saturday.
Trash tossed by thousands of illegal immigrants as they chase the American Dream has been a persistent problem for years in the rugged Arizona borderlands that lie on a main migration and smuggling route from Mexico.
The problem was compounded as immigrants and drug traffickers responded to ramped up vigilance on the U.S.-Mexico border by taking increasingly remote routes, leaving more waste behind in out-of-the way and hard-to-clean areas, authorities say.
“Migants used to follow the washes or follow the roads or utility poles,” said Robin Hoover, founder of the Tucson-based non-profit Humane Borders.
“Now they’re having to move farther and farther from the middle of the valleys,” he added. “They end making more camp sites and cutting more trails when they do that, and, unfortunately … leave more trash.”
Those making the punishing march carry food, water and often a change of clothes on the trek through remote desert areas that can take several days.
Most is tossed before they pile into vehicles at pickup sites like the one getting attention on the outskirts of Rio Rico, from where they head on to the U.S. interior. [. . .]
Interestingly, a Mexico-friendly publication sniffed out this article and included a sympathetic add-on from the invaders’ perspective. Those backpacks are so heavy, they complain, or bandits make them leave a mess. According to the aliens, the mountain of trash is not their fault.
[. . .] As for the migrants, deportees at a shelter in Nogales, Sonora acknowledged that some illegal border-crossers willingly discard their trash in the Arizona desert, but insisted that in many cases, others are to blame.
For example, Ubence Flores, a migrant from Comayagua, Honduras, said that “polleros,” or migrant guides, make the crossers get rid of their belongings when they arrive at a scheduled pickup point. The pollero puts everything in black plastic bags, like those found by the river on Saturday, and then throws them in a truck to be taken to a dumping site, such as in the trees along the Santa Cruz River.
Bandits also force migrants to leave their belongings in the desert, said Henry Alberto Osorio, another Honduran migrant. In this common tactic, he said, bandits threaten migrants, who flee as fast as they can. Then the bandits pick through the abandoned backpacks for valuables.
But other times, the difficulty of crossing desert terrain for days on end proves too much for migrants.
“It gets so heavy, sometimes you say ‘I can’t carry this anymore,’ and leave it,” Flores said.
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