Thursday, July 22, 2010

Interstate 8: Night Patrols/Recon

Last night, we conducted a night patrol along Interstate 8, primarily in Maricopa County. We have adjusted our hours so we may go out at various times day and night. It’s important that we don’t develop or follow a predictable routine or pattern.

I was pleased to see multiple units representing several law enforcement agencies out looking for drug and human smugglers. This is what we wanted. News of our patrols have made their way to the law enforcement community and they want in on some of the action too. We wouldn’t want to leave them out.

During our nocturnal patrol, we engaged the public when the opportunity presented itself and made our presence known.

Taking Border Protection Into Their Own Hands

TUCSON - They are volunteers, concerned citizens, and ordinary people who watch the border for illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
We're hearing from the minutemen who stand a post to protect our borders and call the Border Patrol upon sighting any UDAs (undocumented illegal aliens).

I’m hopeful that the Sonoran Desert National Monument and Table Top Wilderness Area will be safe enough for recreational users in the very near future. Nothing would please me more than to see tourists, hikers, campers, bird watchers and others out enjoying our nation’s parks and recreational areas.

Media coverage generated by our citizen patrols will hopefully continue. I was quite pleased with the coverage Fox Channel 10 gave us.

This must have happened right after I left. As we were leaving, I saw the people blocking the intersection.

7 protesters arrested during hearing on Arizona law

Phoenix Police arrested seven protesters outside the courtroom Thursday afternoon.

A crowd of about 40 people had gathered in the intersection of Washington Street and Fourth Avenue near the courthouse. Police had initially blocked traffic from the intersection, but later warned the protesters they would open up the street.

About 2:35 p.m., six people holding a giant bed sheet that said "Stop 1070 - we will not comply" remained in the street. About 50 police had cleared all the others out.

Oddly, we can roam around southern Arizona, armed to the teeth at all hours of the night and not get into any trouble. Is there a message in this?

Supporting in-state tuition for illegal aliens. Mr. McCain was a cosponsor of S. 774, the Dream Act, providing in-state tuition for illegal aliens. The legislation would have enabled illegal aliens who entered the United States before age 16 to obtain a green card and then use their newly acquired status to obtain green cards for the millions of parents who illegally brought their children with them into the United States. Mr. McCain missed a Senate vote on the issue in October. He said that he would have opposed it on the Senate floor had he been there to vote.

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