New Border Strategy—Daily Beast

Since all of the migration numbers are down, it seems that the point of the
border patrol’s new strategy is about how to maintain its budget after the
huge post-911 buildup. There are areas of the border now where very little
illegal crossing is taking place. If Border Patrol becomes officially part
of the national security apparatus, then it becomes easier to grow the
budget. I got an email from a well-informed friend: “right now they (the
border patrol) are in the position of the US military after the collapse of
the Soviet Union and before 9/11, a period when the generals and admirals
tried to get into the drug war business.” That recent story about the drug
war buildup in Honduras offers a clue… The fact is that the
anti-immigrant forces on the ground and their political allies (Brewer,
Dever, Babeu, Arpaio and many more in other places around the country) have
drummed up a lot of fear and loathing and yet most of the violence on the
US side of the border has come from the fringe anti-immigrant forces. Note
the multiple murderers J.T. Ready and Shawna Forde. Also consider the high
death toll of immigrants in border patrol chases that end up in highway
rollovers and other terrible accidents. And at least 2 recent cases of
Mexicans killed in fatal attacks by border patrol agents:

Jan Brewer, other Arizona Officials weigh wider impact of New Border Strategy

Latino Community Remains Silent on Anastasio Hernandez Rojas

Dead Mexican teen’s family to pursue suit against Border Patrol agent

Agent charged with corruption now at center of civil suit over shooting — Nogales International

This case in Nogales certainly raises a lot of questions…mainly…why
would an agent charged with bribery/corruption (for allowing loads of drugs
to pass a checkpoint) still be working in the field? The best guess is that
the government is/was pressuring this crooked agent to turn in those higher
up running the operation…
“The fact that it took three years for federal prosecutors to indict
Canales in the bribery case, and that the Border Patrol kept him fully
armed and in the field in the meantime, raises questions about possible
government negligence in the Walker Canyon shooting incident. After all, if
Canales had been indicted sooner, or if he had been assigned to desk duty
as the investigation proceeded, he wouldn’t have shot Castro in November
2010 and the government wouldn’t be at risk of a large payout in a civil

Agent charged with corruption now at center of civil suit over shooting