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Background

Employment History

  • Arizona State Representative
    Legislative District 29
  • State Representative
    Arizona
  • Agent
    U.S. Border Patrol
  • Patrol Agent
    U.S. Border Patrol
  • Candidate
    Ephraim Cruz
  • Commissioner
    Customs and Border Protection
  • Student
    Pima Community College

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Secretary of State
    Arizona
  • Co-Founder
    Bronx for Change

Education

  • Pima Community College
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Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29
ephraimcruz.com, 4 Mar 2009 [cached]
The Integrity to Serve You: Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29, Tucson, AZ
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Ephraim Cruz is proudly participating in Arizona's Clean Elections Commission.
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The following incredible people have volunteered their time to help elect Ephraim Cruz. You may contact them with any questions or if you are interested in helping out!
Candidate: Ephraim Cruz, ephraim@ephraimcruz.com
Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29
ephraimcruz.com, 24 July 2008 [cached]
The Integrity to Serve You: Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29, Tucson, AZ
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Ephraim Cruz is proudly participating in Arizona's Clean Elections Commission.
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After this meeting, many of us will hit the streets and Canvass for Cruz! We have only one month left, and District 29 needs to hear our message of change. I invite you to be a part of that message.
Thank you for everything,
Ephraim Cruz
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On July 8, 2008, Cruz for District 29 received a document via email (view the document we received, which we converted to .pdf for easier download) that claims discrepancies in the campaign finance reports of one of Ephraim Cruz's Democratic opponents for LD29's two open State House seats. The document was sent from a person identifying herself only as "Christine", and Cruz for District 29's further attempts to contact this person have gone unanswered.
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Cruz for District 29 was alarmed to learn of these claims. We maintain openness and honesty with all our campaign activities. We are dedicated to ensuring that all campaign donations and expenditures are reported to the voters, and that all press releases and campaign updates are immediately made public via our website. We are the only campaign in LD29 to use YouTube to bring the voices of our supporters directly to the voters of LD29.
Our campaign strongly believes that transparency in all aspects of our campaign will indicate to voters Mr. Ephraim Cruz's intention to maintain an open line of communication to his constituents when he is LD29's next State Representative. The voters deserve honest representation from their elected State Representatives.
Therefore, Cruz for District 29 feels it is our responsibility to investigate these claims. If verified, these discrepancies would seriously violate the rules (and spirit) of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission (CCEC) and its public financing system, and should be brought to the attention of the voters. However, if these accusations could be proven baseless, our campaign felt they should have no place in our issue-based contest to represent the voters of LD29, and was prepared to immediately denounce them.
Regarding Mr. Patterson's campaign website (DanielPatterson.net), Cruz for District 29 has verified that Mr. Patterson registered his domain roughly six months prior to launching his campaign for LD29.
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By contrast, Cruz for District 29 hosts our website, EphraimCruz.com, through a private reseller of EggyCrew.com hosting services. This reseller offers a promotional, one-time $0 hosting package (with minimal disk space and bandwidth) if she works with her customers to register their domain.
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In contrast, Cruz for District 29 has not made any petty cash withdrawals, and our campaign finance report from June 30 outlines each and every payment made for goods and services by our campaign.
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Cruz for District 29 is disappointed that Mr. Patterson has not yet chosen to address - and put to rest - concerns regarding discrepancies in his campaign's finance reporting.
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For the sake of the voters, Cruz for District 29 strongly encourages Mr. Patterson to immediately amend his campaign finance reports to correct this discrepancy and to provide an honest, public statement regarding his accounting oversight to the voters of LD29.
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Ephraim Cruz: The Only Democratic Candidate in LD29 to Respond to the Arizona Republic? July 26th, 2008
As a candidate for one of the two hotly-contested State Representative seats open in LD29, Ephraim Cruz (like his opponents) is inundated with questionnaires from local news organizations and special interest groups.
Unlike his Democratic opponents, however, Ephraim Cruz faithfully answers as many of these questionnaires as he can. Other politicians might think that responding to a questionnaire from an organization that probably won't endorse your candidacy is a waste of time.
But, Cruz believes that communicating his Democratic ideas to the voting public helps the voters of LD29 make an educated and informed vote, even if that means responding to questionnaires from conservative-leaning, Phoenix-based papers like the Arizona Republic - who are unlikely to endorse a Democratic candidate in LD29.
Cruz has never shirked from the opportunity to tell the hard truth to a tough crowd. As a federal whistleblower, Cruz sacrificed his career with the U.S. Border Patrol to represent the interests of those who could not fight for themselves.Â
Cruz's willingness to spend time answering questions for the Arizona Republic demonstrates the personal integrity he possesses to unwaveringly represent fundamental Democratic beliefs and values in a Republican-led State Legislature.
Yet, while Ephraim Cruz's extensive and comprehensive Q&A with the Arizona Republic is available for download off their site, judging by the absence of any other Q&A's with any of Cruz's Democratic opponents in LD29 on the Arizona Republic site, none of the other seven Democratic candidates running for LD29's two open State Representative seats bothered to talk to the conservative-leaning Arizona Republic.
Ephraim Cruz doesn't just answer the questionnaires of special interest groups and media outlets who already agree with him and his positions. He's not just looking for endorsements to help catapult him into power as other politicians might. Ephraim Cruz is running because he wants to faithfully represent the hard-working voters of LD29 in the tough Republican-led State Legislature that has ignored our interests for so long.
Ephraim Cruz commits his energy and reputation to fighting for increased state spending on public education, public transportation, and health care access for all Arizonans. To accomplish this, Mr. Cruz cannot be afraid to talk to Republicans who do not agree with him - or you - on these issues.
What good is a vote for a Democrat who's only interested in speaking to those who already agree with Democratic Party philosophy? Ephraim Cruz will be proud to bring the fight for LD29 to the front-door of the Republicans in Maricopa County, and he willcome back with results.
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TUCSON, Arizona (July 24, 2008) â€" Bob Schwartz, long-time Democratic activist and respected voice in the Southern Arizona Democratic Party, endorsed Ephraim Cruz yesterday for Arizona State Representative for Legislative District 29.
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Ephraim believes in what he’s doing: he wants to see better jobs for Southern Arizona, he wants to see better transportation in Southern Arizona, he wants to see better services… in Southern Arizona, and I believe he has the ability, the passion, the drive, the background and the experience to do it.â€
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Ephraim Cruz is a whistleblower and a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent who witnessed human rights violations inflicted on detainees, including starvation of women and children. Cruz blew the whistle to stop these abuses, and was consequently forced to resign from the U.S. Border Patrol on November 9, 2007 after nearly 10 years as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. Cruz launched his campaign for the Arizona State House on March 24, 2008.
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TUCSON, Arizona (July 24, 2008) â€" Ephraim Cruz, candidate for Arizona State Representative for Legislative District 29, is proud to announce that he has been approved for public financing by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
On July 7, 2008, Cruz for District 29 submitted 240 $5 qualifying contributions to the Arizona Secretary of State. Cruz for District 29 was notified on July 22, 2008 by e-mail that they were approved for public financing. Cruz has requested reallocation funding and will receive $19,382 from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
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Ephraim Cruz is a whistleblower and a former U.S. Border Patrol Agent. While stationed at the Douglas Border Patrol Station, Cruz witnessed human rights violations being perpetrated against detainees, including prolonged starvation of women and children. Cruz blew the whistle to stop these abuses, and was consequently forced to resign from the U.S. Border Patrol on November 9, 2007 after nearly 10 years as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. Cruz launched his campaign for the Arizona State House on March 24, 2008.
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Campaigns with sizeable organizations, such as Cruz's or Patterson's, could have an edge.
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"I'll be hitting some residences three times," Cruz said.
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Notice that your candidate Ephraim Cruz promotes increased Southern Arizonan reliance on public transportation not only as an environmental benefit, but as a boon to the local economy.
Notice that your candidate Ephraim Cruz strongly opposes
Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29
ephraimcruz.com, 4 Mar 2009 [cached]
The Integrity to Serve You: Ephraim Cruz (D) for Arizona State Representative, LD29, Tucson, AZ
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Ephraim Cruz is proudly participating in Arizona's Clean Elections Commission.
Ephraim Cruz on:
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Ephraim Cruz was born in New York City, New York. Early in life, Cruz felt compelled to fight for equality, particularly for those who sometimes slip through society’s cracks. Cruz volunteered as a member of the NYPD’s Auxilliary Police Force and worked for several years in corrections rehabilitating former inmates back into society, before enlisting with the U.S. Marines. Cruz was discharged from the Marines after being injured in an accident. Subsequently, Cruz joined the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Bureau to work with the Child Abuse Response Team.
In 1997, Cruz moved to Tucson to join the United States Border Patrol. At the Border Patrol Academy’s satellite facility in Charleston, South Carolina, Cruz was recognized for his leadership abilities, and honored with the positions of Group Leader and Guide-on Bearer. As a Border Patrol agent, Cruz was recognized for his judgment, self-discipline, confidence and rapport with the community. Cruz was among a team of agents who intercepted nearly four thousand pounds of marijuana: one of the largest drug loads ever recorded by the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector.
In 2001, following the World Trade Center attacks, Cruz took an extended leave from the U.S. Border Patrol to volunteer with the search and recovery teams at Ground Zero, where he was profoundly influenced by both the overwhelming devastation and the indomitable spirit that unified this nation in the wake of 9/11.
In 2004, after more than nine years of service with the U.S. Border Patrol, Cruz was transferred to the Douglas Border Patrol Station where he observed shocking mistreatment and human rights violations of detainees. Summoning the courage to speak out against long-time friends and colleagues, Cruz became a whistleblower in an effort to stop these abuses, but was eventually forced to resign from the U.S. Border Patrol.
Strengthened in his resolve to serve the citizens of this country that he knows and loves, Ephraim Cruz is now running to represent Legislative District 29 as Arizona State Representative.
Cruz believes the people of LD29 deserve a representative who has the integrity to work only for them and their interests. He hopes his neighbors in LD29 will invest in him their vote and support, so that he can take their concerns straight to Phoenix and bring back real results.
To contact Ephraim, please email ephraim@ephraimcruz.com.
reappropriate » Race
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The Price of Conscience: An Interview with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz
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In 2004, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz became a whistleblower against the mistreatment of detainees that he witnessed while working at the Douglas Border Patrol Station.Reported abuse of detainees included overcrowding of cells, denial of food for 20-30 hours to children and pregnant women, and the forcing of a male detainee into a "stress position" until he collapsed in pain and exhaustion. Though Ephraim wrote memos and letters to his supervisors and political representatives for nearly a year, nothing was done about the mistreatment of undocumented aliens at the Douglas station.Meanwhile, Ephraim faced retaliation from his co-workers and supervisors in U.S. Border Patrol for his whistle-blowing. In 2005, Ephraim was charged - and acquitted in federal court - of transporting an illegal immigrant across the border.Ephraim believes the charges brought against him were thinly-veiled retribution for his whistle-blowing. Now, U.S. Border Patrol is attempting to dismiss Ephraim based on the same charges that he was acquitted of by a federal court.He has until Friday (November 9, 2007) to either resign from his post or be fired. Ephraim doesn't have the money to hire a civil attorney to help combat this latest move by the U.S. Border Patrol, nor can he find a lawyer willing to take on the case pro bono.Ephraim Cruz needs your help!
If you are (or you know) a civil attorney experienced in a case like this and willing to help Ephraim, please email him at ephraimcruz@hotmail.com If you are willing to donate a few dollars to offset Ephraim's projected legal fees, please contact him at ephraimcruz@hotmail.com If you are a blogger, journalist, or a member of a non-profit organization, please forward / re-post / link this post to everyone you know to help us get Ephraim's story out!
ephraim.jpgEphraim Cruz was born and raised in South Bronx, New York City.He's a student at Pima Community College where he's studying to be a political writer.Although I've only known him a short time, I've found Ephraim to be quick with a PG-13 (or sometimes R-rated) joke, devoutly Christian, passionately involved in community service, deft at Latin dancing, and the most avid text messager I have ever met.In short, Ephraim Cruz is - at first glance - indistinguishable from your typical college student.
However, it's only when delving deeper into Ephraim's life that I learned of his unique courage.Tonight, I sat down with Ephraim to uncover the story of his whistle-blowing, and how he fears that retaliation by U.S. Border Patrol may get the best of him.
Conscience is God's Voice
Even today, Ephraim Cruz takes his job as a Border Patrol Agent seriously.For years, he has viewed himself as being a guardian of America's national security and a serviceman in America's immigration crisis.While off-duty, Ephraim frequently sacrificed his personal time to help those in need: on the morning of September 11, 2001, Ephraim was just getting off a midnight shift at the station when he heard about the fall of the Twin Towers.Immediately, he jumped into his car and drove 36 hours back to his hometown.By late September, Ephraim was volunteering his time in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero.
In 2004, Ephraim had been a Border Patrol for six years and boasted a nearly impeccable employee review record.However, he had also been witnessing mistreatments of detained Undocumented Aliens (UDA) for some time; mistreatment that continued to occur despite the opening of the state-of-the-art Douglas Border Patrol Station that was the pride of the U.S. Border Patrol agency.
Ephraim recounts how, as an Agent, he observed countless:
…violations of policies, training, state laws, fire and health codes, and illegal aliens' civil and human rights within [the Douglas, Arizona] processing facility.
(Memo from E. Cruz to R. Bonner, Commisioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, SUBJECT: "Ongoing Mistreatment of Illegal Aliens and Processing Issues", August 5, 2004)
First, Ephraim was shocked to find that many "agents fail[ed] to thoroughly search UDAs" (Memo from E. Cruz to supervisor, dated March 21, 2004).For example, he remembers how on March 7, 2004, Ephraim pulled nearly 30 detainees from a cell who still had all of their personal belongings still with them, including several prohibited items such as small blades or tweezers.Other detainees were placed in cells still with weapons - including knives and guns - in their possession.
Ephraim was also amazed to find cells were frequently filled to two or three times their posted capacity, while neighbouring cells were not being utilized at all.Not only was this a clear violation of fire codes, but Ephraim feared this practice could pose a serious health risk for detainees.
Another practice Ephraim found disturbing was "supervisors' thwarting of an Agent's efforts to determine the appropriate citizenship of illegal entrants… preferring [that detainees] are assumed to be from Mexico". (Letter from Cruz to R. Grijalva, Congressman D-AZ, 2004) Ephraim described to me how at the U.S.-Mexico border, if an undocumented alien is found to have citizenship other than Mexican, they are classified as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and must be detained and officially deported to their country of citizenship.However, Mexican nationals without a criminal record in the U.S. are offered a "Voluntary Return (VR)" to Mexico - an option that is faster and cheaper for the American government.
Ephraim was angered that "agents have been retaliated against for determining [a detainee's] true country of citizenship", (Letter from Cruz to R. Grijalva, Congressman D-AZ, 2004) and were instead encouraged to assume Mexican nationality of any alien who "was brown and could pass for Mexican" by speaking Spanish.For a man who took to heart issues of national security, Ephraim was galled when he realized that "even if they were a terrorist, [a detainee] could be returned to Mexico without incident", based purely on institutionalized racial profiling.Rather than to process the lengthy paperwork involved in deporting a detainee, supervisors were content to let them be, according to Ephraim, "somebody else's problem", even if it meant allowing another 9/11.
In a similar practice, agents were lax in checking backgrounds of those who came to claim detained unaccompanied minors.In a Tucson Weekly article, Ephraim describes how minors were frequently released "to anybody who claims that they are this person's father, uncle or guardian".No concern was placed on the safety of minors released into the care of those who might be complete strangers.
But, most heart-wrenching for Ephraim was the observation that detainees were frequently going twenty to thirty hours at a time without food.In his March 21, 2004 memo, Ephraim recounts how he watched a young ten-year-old boy - whom his mother described as in good health - break out into red bumps after going more than twenty hours without a meal.Later that same day, Ephraim remembers how a young girl went more than thirty hours without food, and complained of feeling faint.These were hardly isolated incidents: Ephraim remembers countless children and pregnant women who went without food for two or three shifts at a time.
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However, Ephraim writes in an August 5, 2004 memo (Memo from E. Cruz to R. Bonner, SUBJECT: "Ongoing Mistreatment of Illegal Aliens and Processing Issues"):
"The integrity of those meal times are habitually violated, and crackers and juice are not always available.Furthermore, when crackers and juice are indeed available, it is not readily provided to the detainees… It is station policy that we feed all illegal aliens held beyond six to eight hours.Many illegal aliens easily go two to three times beyond that time frame without one meal."
In that same memo, Ephraim recounts how on July 31, 2004, he approached the control room that 220 meals would be needed that day, only to be told that 70 meals would be ordered.Most likely, Ephraim opined, two-thirds of detainees at the facility went hungry that day.According to Ephraim, the Douglas station also went weeks at a time without replenishing their supply of juice and crackers, and even when such items were in stock, they were not always made available to detainees.In one incident, Ephraim left some juice and crackers near the door of a holding cell only to have a fellow Agent remove the food moments later, muttering to Ephraim that by leaving it within reach of detainees, they might assume the food was for them.
Ephraim notes, "when someone is taken into custody, you become their guardian.They should be fed.With minors, it becomes child abuse if you're not feeding them."
As a devoutly Christian man, Ephraim was compelled to speak out against these mistreatments.He believes "a man's conscience is God's voice" a
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I don't feel particularly bad about the fact that Ephraim Cruz lost his job with the Border Patrol.The Border Patrol should not exist at all, and the men and women who decide to join it are, whether they realize it or not, violently inflicting injustices on innocent people every day, as an essential part of their job duties.Cruz seems to me like a basically decent man with an acute conscience, and it will be better for him now that he has to find an honest line of work.
But Jenn's interview with Cruz at reappropriate is still powerful, and important to read, because of what it tells us about the institutional culture of policing in general, and border policing in particular.It should be no surprise that the Blue Wall stays in place when the uniforms change from blue to green; if anything, it is worse, because abusive border cops can rely on getting away with even more than abusive ordinary cops can.Their usual victims have no formal standing as citizens, often cannot speak English well, have few advocates with high profiles in the media or the legal system, and are about to be forced out of the country, far away from anyone who might do anything about their mistreatment.
Ephraim Cruz, a former patrol agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, tried to do something about Border Patrol agents who abused captured and imprisoned immigrants.Here are some of the things that he saw while he was stationed in Arizona:
Ephraim was also amazed to find cells were frequently filled to two or three times their posted capacity, while neighbouring cells were not being utilized at all.Not only was this a clear violation of fire codes, but Ephraim feared this practice could pose a serious health risk for detainees.
… But, most heart-wrenching for Ephraim was the observation that detainees were frequently going twenty to thirty hours at a time without food.In his March 21, 2004 memo, Ephraim recounts how he watched a young ten-year-old boy â€" whom his mother described as in good health â€" break out into red bumps after going more than twenty hours without a meal.Later that same day, Ephraim remembers how a young girl went more than thirty hours without food, and complained of feeling faint.These were hardly isolated incidents: Ephraim remembers countless children and pregnant women who went without food for two or three shifts at a time.
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However, Ephraim writes in an August 5, 2004 memo (Memo from E. Cruz to R. Bonner, SUBJECT: Ongoing Mistreatment of Illegal Aliens and Processing Issues
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Most likely, Ephraim opined, two-thirds of detainees at the facility went hungry that day.According to Ephraim, the Douglas station also went weeks at a time without replenishing their supply of juice and crackers, and even when such items were in stock, they were not always made available to detainees.In one incident, Ephraim left some juice and crackers near the door of a holding cell only to have a fellow Agent remove the food moments later, muttering to Ephraim that by leaving it within reach of detainees, they might assume the food was for them.
Ephraim further notes that there was a distinct lack of concern for detainees amongst Agents; an almost dehumanization of the UDAs [Undocumented Aliens -R.G.] that helped perpetuate the mistreatment.Ironically, the Agents â€" who were predominantly Mexican American â€" looked down on UDAs as if to say that they, as legal Mexican Americans, were better than the Mexican detainees.Many seemed to feel that detainees deserved their mistreatment; Ephraim recalls how in one instance, while denying food to a detainee, one agent remarked that [the illegal aliens] knew they were coming, they should have brought food with them.
The dehumanization extended in one case to abuse reminiscent of the Abu Ghraib scandal (which ironically occurred only a few months after Ephraim began writing his memos).On March 1, 2005, Ephraim wrote a memo that included a recount of an incident he observed(Memo from E. Cruz to M. Nicely, Chief Patrol Agent, Tucson Sector) :
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- Jenn @ reappropriate (2007-11-05): The Price of Conscience: An Interview with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz
In 2004, Cruz, believing that a man's conscience is God's voice, began to write memos and letters to try to make his supervisors, politicians, and the media aware of violations of policies, training, state laws, fire and health codes, and illegal aliens' civil and human rights within [the Douglas, Arizona] processing facility.Here is what happened:
Ephraim writes in his March 21, 2004 memo (Memo from E. Cruz to supervisors, 2004):
This culture… reflects a disturbing level of complacency and lack of accountability and is coupled with responses… that this is the way things are done.
Ephraim describes this culture of complacency as fostering the sentiment that, management condoned [the mistreatment] and Agents knew that management knew and [were] not correcting it.Therefore, Ephraim says, Agents asked themselves why should I rock the boat?
… Despite his 117 letters, Ephraim received little support from the Senators and Congressmen he contacted.
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- Jenn @ reappropriate (2007-11-05): The Price of Conscience: An Interview with U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ephraim Cruz
After he began speaking out, Cruz found that his employee review scores suddenly plummeted.One supervisor encouraged his co-workers to take care of him for the accusations.Then, in 2005, he was brought up on federal charges for transporting an illegal alien across the border.He and some friends had gone across the border into Agua Prieta after work, and on his way back he gave Maria Terrazas - a waitress who lived in Douglas and who was dating one of his colleagues at the Border Patrol - a ride back across the border to her home in Douglas.Later, in an unrelated criminal investigation against her boyfriend, it turned up that she didn't have her papers.Cruz, who had no way of knowing this at the time, was brought up on federal charges.
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Ephraim Cruz is the latest of many victims to get the long knife treatment.
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