Border Patrol foils drone drug incursion into the U.S.
Release Date: January 12, 2016

YUMA, Arizona ­ The U.S. Customs and Border Protection recovered approximately 30.8 pounds of marijuana dropped from a drone near San Luis, Arizona, Nov. 16, 2015.

This is the first drone drug incursion detected by CBP.

“The highly effective enforcement techniques employed by Yuma Sector and throughout the Border Patrol often forces smuggling organizations to redirect their efforts,” says Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik. “As a result, they experiment with different techniques in an attempt to bring narcotics and other harmful contraband into the United States.  This means we must adapt and meet these new challenges.  Our agents’ vigilance was responsible for detecting this particular drone event, but we always encourage members of the public to assist our efforts by contacting the Border Patrol upon seeing suspicious activity.”

Yuma Station Border Patrol Agents observed an Oc
toCopter style drone illegally enter the San Luis airspace from San Luis, Rio Colorado, Mexico, and jettison a bundle. Aided by night vision goggles, agents were able to follow the drone to its drop point, where three bundles of marijuana – weighing approximately 10 pounds each – were discovered along the bank of a canal. The drugs had an estimated value of $15,430.

The drugs were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.


Yuma Sector welcomes new deputy chief patrol agent
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum promoted

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Carl E. Landrum promotedA veteran of 19 years in the U.S. Border Patrol, agent Carl E. Landrum was recently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Yuma Sector.

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7:59 pm

A veteran of 19 years in the U.S. Border Patrol, agent Carl E. Landrum was recently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Yuma Sector.

Landrum began his career in October 1996 as a member of the 323rd session of the Border Patrol Academy. His first duty assignment was at San Diego Sector’s Brown Field Station, followed by a promotion to supervisory Border Patrol agent at Imperial Beach Station.

During the next several years, Landrum served as a special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service, supervisory Border Patrol agent and course development instructor at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, N.M., as well as assistant chief at the Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C.
From June 2011 through September 2014, Landrum served as patrol agent in charge of Laredo (Texas) Sector’s Cotulla and Laredo North Stations.

A native of Victoria, Texas, Yuma Sector’s new deputy chief comes to Yuma from the Laredo Sector. Landrum had served there since September 2014, where he was the division chief and chief of staff for Joint Task Force-West, a Department of Homeland Security, which collaborates with 18 organizations, including Department of Defense commands, and other DHS partners, to work together.

Landrum attended Baylor University. He later earned a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He was the first civilian officer to attend the U.S. Army War College — Advanced Strategic Arts Program, graduating with honors.


US turning to UN over flow of Central American migrants
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From the section US & Canada

Tens of thousands of children fleeing violence have been apprehended by immigration officers
The US is looking to the United Nations for help in dealing with thousands of migrants fleeing to the US to escape violence in Central America.

The hope is that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees will set up processing centres for people to apply for resettlement in the region.   The centres would be located in several Central American countries.

Over 68,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended by US immigration authorities in 2014.
Violence and endemic poverty in several Central American countries have been driving migrants north to the US.

Refugees cannot make applications for relocation while in their home country, so they must travel to neighbouring countries to apply for relocation to a third country.
The hope is the processing centres would provide at least temporary safety while asylum claims were processed, and would mean people being relocated to other countries other than the US.
“We are hopeful that this process can be an effective tool for assessing individuals’ humanitarian relief claims and avoid a very dangerous journey to the United States,” said a senior administration official.

In recent days, the White House has been working behind the scenes to tamp down rebukes from members of the president’s own party over deportation raids that took place over the holidays.
The raids saw over 120 immigrants placed in line for deportation over New Year’s weekend.
Just hours before Mr Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, more than 140 House Democrats signed a letter urging the administration to halt the raids.

The official, speaking to the BBC, said the UN plan was not a reaction to this and had been in the works “for months”.
When asked if the raids would be suspended, the official said: “The administration’s priorities for removal have not changed since 2014. The actions that occurred two weekends ago are consistent with those priorities we established in 2014.”

Each year, the US Congress establishes a cap for the number of refugees it would like to see resettled in the US each year. The current cap sits at 85,000 people from around the globe.

By comparison, the crisis that peaked during the summer of 2014 saw over 68,000 unaccompanied children apprehended by US immigration authorities on the southern border over fiscal year 2014.

Mr Biden has been a proponent of development projects for Central America, including asking Congress for $1bn for development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Congress ultimately approved $750m as part of the massive budget passed in December.
While less than what the Obama administration had asked for, the official said the funding was “substantial and that’s going to make a significant difference here”.