USBP Tucson Sector Chief Reveals Border Crisis One Social Media Posting At A Time

USBP Tucson Sector Chief Reveals Border Crisis One Social Media Posting At A Time

By Terri Jo Neff |

While President Joe Biden continues to ignore pleas from Arizona’s sheriffs to take back control of the southern border, one top federal law enforcement official in Arizona is revealing the true nature of the border crisis, one social media posting at a time.   

John R. Modlin is the Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector and its 3,600 employees assigned to cover Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties. His frequent use of Twitter features significant arrests and apprehensions by his agents, while also highlighting efforts by local USBP to keep local residents and the country safe.

On Tuesday, Modlin announced that agents with the USBP Brian A. Terry Station in Cochise County arrested Jesus Tafolla-Beana near Naco. Records show Tafolla-Beana, a Mexican citizen, was previously convicted in Utah of felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor and then deported. As a result, Tafolla-Beana was unlawfully in the United States when taken into custody.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told AZ Free News that USBP’s arrest of Tafolia Beana illustrates the continued dangers of an unsecure border. It is a concern Dannels and other border sheriffs have spoken about since Biden took office, particularly after he nominated Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“A secure border promotes safe communities and their quality of life,” Dannels said. “Border security shall never be discretionary, but a mandate by all elected officials, local, state and federal.”

Unfortunately, local and state law enforcement leaders have had little success getting the Biden Administration to engage in constructive discussions about the border or to even admit there is criminal activity occurring at the border. Modlin’s social media efforts are seen as a realistic, albeit small, glimpse of what is really happening.   

“Beana is just another example of the aggravated criminals breaching our southern border,” Dannels said. “I applaud our Border Patrol agents for all they do in protecting our borders during a time where historical intrusions are challenging their efforts.”

Modlin’s disclosure about Tafolla-Beana’s arrest came about 24 hours after he shared a photograph of 166 undocumented migrants apprehended in a remote area west of Sasabe by agents with the USBP Three Points Station.  More than 70 minors were in the group, Modlin noted.

Earlier this month, journalist Terence Jeffrey reported in The Daily Signal that from February to October of this year, 23 undocumented migrants with prior homicide convictions have been taken into custody in Arizona. The 23 have since been charged in U.S. District Court with the federal crime of illegally reentering the United States after deportation.  

The uncontrolled border situation recently prompted the Western States Sheriffs’ Association to issue a statement of No Confidence in Mayorkas’ leadership.

The group, which represents sheriffs in 17 states, called on the President to take immediate steps to remove Mayorkas. The statement also noted there already has been more than one million illegal border crossings this year, with “hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants” who local authorities know were not intercepted by federal law enforcement at the border.

“After witnessing this disaster over the past several months and listening to the continued rhetoric and intellectual dishonesty from Secretary Mayorkas, the Western States Sheriffs’ Association and its membership must emphatically state our position of having NO confidence in the ability of Secretary Mayorkas, and his leadership within the Department of Homeland Security, to affect any positive outcome on this matter,” the statement reads.

Dannels Blames Biden White House For Failing To Control Growing Border Crisis

Dannels Blames Biden White House For Failing To Control Growing Border Crisis

By Terri Jo Neff |

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels has taken part in a number of media interviews in recent weeks about the growing influx of illegal border crossers coming in from Mexico, and it is clear who he blames for the uncontrolled public health and public safety situation getting worse by the day.

“The border patrol is no longer securing the border,” Dannels told KFYI’s James T. Harris on Monday. “What they’re doing is taking care of children and adults.”

Dannels told Harris that the White House is using a “very kind choice of words” when discussing the number of people trying to cross the 1,954-mile international border in the last few weeks. Words, the sheriff says, which are “in conflict with what is truly going on at the border.”

And that, the sheriff says, requires calling the situation at the country’s southwest border what it is – a crisis, not “a challenge” as a spokesperson for President Joe Biden recently called it.

According to Dannels, recent reports place the number of people trying to cross the southern border at 2,500 to 4,000 per day, with 400 to 500 of them being children. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects those numbers to hold steady for several weeks before it spikes as more migrants from South America make it through Central America and Mexico.

Dannels told Harris that he has seen no logistical support nor mitigation efforts coming out of Washington D.C., which he believes should concern all Americans, not just those in border states.

“When you fail to recognize a problem and you avoid it or ignore it, it only gets worse,” he said. “What happens on the southwest border doesn’t stay here, it migrates throughout the United States into communities throughout.”

Cochise County’s southern boundary shares more than 80 miles of the international border. Dannels has installed hundreds of surveillance cameras focused on the border and other remote areas of the county to supplement those in use by DHS agencies such as Customs & Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol.

Earlier this month Dannels was interviewed live on Fox & Friends about Biden’s order in January which halted border wall construction, including one section of old fence the sheriff said was recently seeing “five or six groups” coming through every day.

The sheriff noted he and other sheriffs along the border were not briefed in advance about Biden’s wall construction order. There has also been a deafening silence about the border crisis from Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, as well as national public health officials.

“Nobody is talking about what’s going on at the southwest border when it comes to the health pandemic in this country,” Dannels said during a March 5 interview on Fox & Friends. “And then you look at the public safety aspect of this, it’s upsetting.”

It is the same message Dannels shared a few days earlier in an interview with Fox News’ Your World program and then again March 8 on Fox’s American’s Newsroom show.

“Talking to my federal partners, talking to local law enforcement, talking to our health department – I mean when it comes to public safety, national security, when it comes to the health pandemic, we’re in trouble –we’re in serious trouble and this all started under the word politics,” he said March 8.

“When this administration failed to engage with my governor, my attorney general, our health departments, our emergency services coordinator- along with other border states and beyond- that’s when it started. So we’re trying to pick up the pieces right now.”

AZ Free News has confirmed Dannels is being suggested as a possible Republican candidate in 2022 when Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s seat in Congress comes open. Dannels said Monday he has been approached about running for various political offices, but he has not considered such a move as his current term runs through 2024.