Gila Bend's Dead Body Problem

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Does Gila Bend have a dead body problem? An examination of Maricopa County Medical Examiner's data indicates yes.

The medical examiner's Unidentified Persons Bureau offers a public database listing every unidentifiable body found in the county since 1970. Since that time, the database records 260 unidentified male bodies and 40 unidentified female bodies found within county limits, adding up to an even 300.

The database's details on these bodies are sometimes thin, sometimes rich, and always sad.

"Every unidentified body is a missing person," a sign in the examiner's office reads. Some cases stem from the discovery of a single skull or femur, often decayed for decades. Others list details down to the color of a deceased person's underwear, or the name on an ID that turned out to be fake.

But dig a little deeper, and you'll notice a disturbing pattern of descriptions in recent years:

"in a desert area near Gila Bend"
"a wash in a remote area near Gila Bend"
"in a desert area near Gila Bend"
"covered in mud in a wash in Gila Bend"
"in a desert area near Gila Bend"

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Border Patrol Agent Charged with Assaulting 15-Year-Old Migrant in Custody in Nogales

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office
Aldo Arteaga
A Border Patrol agent has been charged with aggravated assault against a minor in custody in Nogales, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency says.

Aldo Arteaga, who has been with the agency since February of 2005, allegedly attacked a 15-year-old Mexican boy in January, a CBP press officer says. The agency is providing no further details on the incident.

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CBP Reports Decline in Unaccompanied Minor Crossings, Calls on Congress for More Funding

A report by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says this year's influx of Central American migrants has begun to decline, but it calls on Congress for support in keeping the crisis in check.

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Huppenthal Asks Feds to Pay for Education of Unaccompanied Minors Bused to Arizona

Ashley Cusick
John Huppenthal at yesterday's press conference.
Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal is asking the federal government to pay the costs associated with educating unaccompanied immigrant minors here in what Latino activists say is brazen political posturing.

At a press conference, Huppenthal released a letter he penned to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, asking for the funding.

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Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

Categories: Border Disorder

The federal immigration-reform bill passed the Senate this afternoon, by a vote of 68-32.

Obviously, Arizona's Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as members of the so-called "Gang of Eight," voted in favor of the bill.

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Jan Brewer Not a Fan of Immigration Bill Unless Border Is Secure; Can't Define "Secure Border"

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There's no surprise here: Governor Jan Brewer doesn't support the so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration proposal, and her predictable reasoning is that the "border is not secure."

Brewer's explanation seems fairly meaningless, though, as her spokesman Matt Benson tells New Times there's "not a specific definition" for "secure border."

See also:
-"Gang of Eight" Immigration Deal Outline Released
-Arizona Congressmen Take the Jan Brewer Route on Immigration Proposals

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"Gang of Eight" Immigration Deal Outline Released

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Senator John McCain, one in the gang of ocho.
An outline of the immigration bill formed by the "Gang of Eight" -- which includes Arizona's Republican Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake -- has been released.

There's a whole lot of stuff in this outline, including some of the more specific details on immigration law, but it includes sections on border-security spending, the process by which undocumented people can become documented, changes to the legal immigration system, mandatory use of E-Verify by employers, and a visa system for new laborers.

See also:
-John McCain, Fellow Republicans, Scurry Like Rats To Embrace Immigration Reform
-John McCain on Why GOP Will Support Immigration Reform: Hispanic Votes

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Republican Congressman Shows "Walkway and Stairs" Across Arizona's Border With Mexico

Categories: Border Disorder
Congressman Jason Chaffetz delivers a thumbs-up to Mexico.
Republicans seem to be getting VIP tours of the border lately to see how the border-crossing magic is made.

First, Senator John McCain was on a tour of the border last week when he watched a woman hop right over that "danged" border fence, and now, a Republican congressman from Utah is showing off a walkway that goes right over the border, from Mexico into Arizona.

See also:
-John McCain Takes Tour of Border, Watches Woman Climb Right Over "Danged" Fence

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"Spillover" Violence From Mexico Not Really Happening, According to Border Cops

Categories: Border Disorder
According to most of the people running law-enforcement agencies along the U.S./Mexico border, so-called "spillover" violence from Mexico isn't really happening.

Some grandstanding politicians would swear otherwise, but a Government Accountability Office report says officials from 31 of 37 state and local law-enforcement agencies on the border "stated that they have not observed violent crime from Mexico regularly spilling into their counties."

See also:
-Jan Brewer's Quest to Find Headless Cartel-Linked Bodies in Desert Finally Yields Fruit

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Arizona's Republican Congressmen Take the Jan Brewer Route on Immigration Proposals

The anti-immigration-reform crowd's broken record is currently playing in the offices of Republican Congressmen Matt Salmon, Trent Franks, Paul Gosar, and David Schweikert.

The congressmen, like Governor Jan Brewer, insist that they can only even fathom immigration reform proposals if the border is secure. Still, no one's able to provide a definition of "secure border."

See also:
-President Obama Talked Immigration Reform While Jan Brewer Got Stale at the Border

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