(CNN) — Additional National Guard troops assigned to the Mexican border under President Barack Obama’s border security initiative have started reporting to their posts, officials said Monday.
More than 30 National Guard members have begun their deployment as part of the administration’s border protection plan, according to Special Agent Mario Escalante with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Troops will continue to arrive over the next two months, with an expected force of 532 members by the end of October, said Lt. Valentine Castillo of the Arizona National Guard.
Top Republicans — including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer — have repeatedly accused Obama of failing to provide sufficient security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president signed a bill on August 13 providing $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the border.
Among other things, the bill provides for roughly 1,500 new law enforcement agents, new unmanned aerial vehicles, new forwarding operating bases, and $14 million in new communications equipment.
Predator Unmanned Aerial System flights will begin Wednesday out of Corpus Christi, Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Monday. Those flights will give the department unmanned aerial capabilities from California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.
Castillo said the troops participating in the operation will be assisting Customs and Border Protection with criminal intelligence and entry identifications. They will not have law enforcement powers, he said.
Posted September 1st, 2010 by jspinks - Posted in Uncategorized | |
In the days since Governor Jan Brewer signed the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” (Senate Bill 1070) into law, the media coverage concerning the statute and its impact on Arizona has been continuous. However, this coverage has failed to adequately address the impact that the Bill will have on Arizona employers. During this webinar, CBR and Jackson Lewis, LLP will do all of the following:
- Analyze and explain the key provisions of Bill.
- Address the impact that the Bill will have on Arizona employers.
- Discuss the various legal challenges to the Bill, which seek to invalidate the Bill before it becomes effective.
- Provide an overview of steps employers can take to prepare to comply with the Bill.
SB 1070 Immigration Webinar:
With Immigration experts live from Washington DC with
Victor X. Cerda, Partner, Washington DC Region Office, Jackson Lewis LLP
Jeffrey W. Toppel, Attorney, Phoenix, Jackson Lewis LLP
Recorded by Jackson Lewis LLP
Posted July 4th, 2010 by admin - Posted in Webinars and Tips | |
Jeffrey W. Toppel – Phoenix, Arizona
Sean G. Hanagan – White Plains, New York
Less than two years after the enactment of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (“LAWA”), Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Senate Bill 1070). The Act requires law enforcement officials to attempt to determine the immigration status of any person that they believe to be an alien unlawfully present in the United States. The Governor’s decision has thrust Arizona into the spotlight of immigration reform debate.
The controversial statute has attracted both national and international attention since the April 23 signing and has led to daily protests at the Arizona State Capitol in downtown Phoenix. Public figures ranging from Los Angeles Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony to the Reverend Al Sharpton and Mexican President Felipe Calderon have spoken in opposition. Despite this, polls suggest that 70 percent of Arizona voters favor the law.
Widespread Concerns Regarding Racial Profiling
Posted April 24th, 2010 by admin - Posted in News | |