3 de mayo de 2018

ERA TRUMP : Rechazan los Papagos a la Guardia Nacional en su territorio

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Tucson - The Arizona National Guard has been deployed for nearly a month helping Border Patrol protect the border as part of Operation Guardian Shield. 150 men and women are helping agents on the ground and in the air. Their mission is in transportation, vehicle maintenance and electronic surveillance at and between ports of entry. This was announced at joint news conference on April 13, 2018. Four days earlier, a letter went out to the members of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

                                     News 4 Tucson obtained a copy of that letter. 

 It was giving an update on security issues. In the letter it said on April 9th, a conversation was held with the Border Patrol Tucson sector Chief Rodolfo Karish due to their concern for deployment of the National Guard or any military personnel on their lands. Chief Karish assured the nation that no National Guard troops will be deployed on the nation’s lands at this time. He agreed he would be sending to the nation a letter affirming the National Guard will not be deployed on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Art Del Cueto president of the Border Patrol Local 2544 Union and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council said he was disappointed over the decision. He told News 4 Tucson, that the reservation is responsible for close to 50 percent of all the drug seizures in the entire country. He said the National Guard troops would be very beneficial if they were deployed there. 

 Del Cueto said, “To have the nation not want and not allow the National Guard there to assist us so we can make their community safer is very disappointing. Del Cueto added he’s concerned for the agents and the members of the nation. He said by not adding the National Guard on the nation it will create a funnel system in that area and crime, and illegal smuggling is going to go up. 

 He said another concern, “You’re going to put more agents in the line of fire, more agents at risk, and you’re going to put them in a situation where possibly they’re going to have to use their weapons more often to defend themselves in that area.” 

Repeated phone calls to SIMG, the public relations firm that represents the Tohono O’odham Nation have gone unanswered. News 4 Tucson contacted Border Patrol and they sent an email, “Unfortunately, our deputy will not be able to accommodate your request for interview on the issue.” The Tohono O’odham Nation is about the size of Connecticut, 70 miles of it border Mexico.

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