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[LASD] – The Oxnard Harbor District, along with representatives from over 30 local, state, federal, and private sector emergency response and management organizations will participate in the Coastal Trident 2012 exercise Tuesday through Thursday, in an effort to address the increasing threats of narcotics trafficking and illegal alien smuggling to regional maritime security.

This year’s Coastal Trident exercise is the latest in an annual, multiple phased training and exercise program established by the Port of Hueneme in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, headquartered at Point Mugu, improving the capabilities of regional emergency response organizations to respond to potential emergencies at the Port of Hueneme, protecting the economic viability of the Port and ensuring the safety and security of the surrounding communities.

While the exercise scenario is not based on any known threats to the Port or the region, it has been designed to address the increasing frequency of seaborne criminal activity including the smuggling of both narcotics and illegal aliens along the southern California coastline.

Coastal Trident 2012 will provide valuable opportunities for participants to validate tactics, techniques, and procedures to counter these threats in the port and maritime environments, as well as evaluate the role of developing military and law enforcement technologies to support intelligence-driven operations and apprehension of identified criminals and terrorists.

The exercise will be conducted from Tuesday, June 12, through Thursday, June 14, and consist of a scenario that includes vehicle checkpoint operations, littoral interception and interdiction, maritime search and rescue, hazardous materials response, humanitarian assistance, and the activation of the Oxnard Harbor District’s Emergency Operations Center.

Participants in the exercise will represent over thirty regional response agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme and Oxnard Police Departments, Ventura and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments, and a number of other public safety and private sector stakeholders committed to the safety and security of the Port of Hueneme and the local maritime domain.

FEMA director Alexander Mrazik Jr. said,” The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s grant program directorate are proud of the partnership with the Port of Hueneme Area and the important security projects undertaken with Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) funds, which includes over $3.2 million for construction of the security gate complex, a port-wide fiber optic network, and the Joint Operations and Security Center (JOSC).

The Coastal Trident training and exercise program is tangible evidence of the commitment by the Port of Hueneme and the emergency response community in Southern California to ensure public safety and security in the region through collaborative partnerships and cutting edge technology that enhances the region’s emergency response program. Port Director Kristin Decas said, “The Port of Hueneme is particularly proud of our collaboration with the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare. In the last five years our partnership has grown from a local Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) drill to a full-fledged regional partnership encompassing up to 30 local, state and federal agencies connecting Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura County emergency and security responders.”

“The Navy recognizes the importance of building strong partnerships with the civilian community,” said Capt. Larry Vasquez, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County, which includes Port Hueneme. The Oxnard Harbor District and NBVC have a shared-use agreement in place for wharf space at the harbor. “We are neighbors, and working together we can improve our community, its economic viability and its security,” Vasquez added.

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  1. Dave Francis says:


    When the
    federal government waives the sovereignty rights unique to each state,
    something is really amiss in Washington. This especially highlighted that this
    administration has gone after any state that tries to enforce its immigration
    laws. Arizona, Georgia and Alabama have
    been sued by the Eric Holder in a Department of Justice completely out of
    control. Since the exemption of the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act
    that designated that employers who hire foreign workers over legitimate
    citizens and permanent residence should be given hefty fines and possible
    imprisonment, only the Obama government has actually carried out this policy;
    this has even waned to a crawl. Neither political party has placed illegal
    immigration as a series threat to the 8.3 percent of U.S. workers seeking work
    or just given up.

    The driving
    undercurrent is the Liberals who are still mobilizing for open borders, no
    matter the disastrous consequences of America. They are trying to force a
    Socialist agenda down the throats of the middle class. There has always been opposition to closing
    the border completely, which has included the failure of the 2006 Secure fence
    Act. ICE has completely ignored Sanctuary cities and even states, which seem to
    think they are above the law. I haven’t heard California being held accountable
    for not taking into custody the overwhelming number of illegal aliens settled

    Here are a
    few of the paramount concerns that can be altered by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP:

    1. The TEA
    PARTY can force a vote on the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (E-Verify) and enact it as
    mandatory in every business nationwide. Those who feel they are not accountable
    will be looking at hefty fines, loss of assets and even prison. All those who
    ignore the I-9 audits in not implementing the computer to detect illegal aliens
    in the workplace will be sanctioned?

    2. The TEA
    PARTY will force a vote on the ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’ concluding once and
    for all, that pregnant women can no longer gain citizenship through a misguided
    loophole for a child, just by slipping past Customs and Immigration Enforcement
    (ICE) at the border or over staying a visa, leading ultimately to yet another
    ‘Blanket Amnesty’. What about American teenagers, who have been pushed out of
    jobs that were the monopoly for our kids a couple of decades back? Absolutely—because of Birthright Citizenship
    for any illegal alien parent who slips past our borders, we now have the
    massive problem caused over decades of the Dream children. If there was no free
    citizenship (an amendment to this law) these children would never be here and
    no DREAM ACT. The parents should be held accountable and investigated by ICE
    and deported. The issue is deportation doesn’t work, because they return? Over
    2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal
    alien Mexicans on MediCal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    Only true
    and fully operational way to halt this travesty of our laws is cut off work
    with THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT and place employers in prison and in addition to
    this law, demand that the amendment to
    the 14th amendment, so baby cannot become a U.S. citizen, without at
    least one parent being a U.S. citizen themselves. The alternative future is,
    where we have the same multibillion dollar issue endless, with further DREAM
    ACTs and a through the ceiling amnesty. Nobody can blame these children for the
    fact their parents brought them to this country illegally, and in fact the
    parents are not strictly to blame. It’s been a year of eroding the immigration
    laws since 1986, which shows the government is entirely to blame for this
    financial chaos. California with its own huge financial deficits is likely to
    give Dream Act scholars a drivers licenses; what’s next free tuition, when our
    own kids are still paying off their educational mortgages on their young lives?

    Both major
    political parties wants NO true end to illegal immigration, but the millions of
    citizens and residents in the TEA PARTY will insure that citizens and lawful
    immigrants always get first priority—not pandering to foreign nationals.
    Incidentally—readers should go to teaparty.org and then judge for you, if Obama
    is Liberal friends in the press are concealing the truth?

    ATTN: The
    TEA PARTY will be safeguarding the nationwide election procedure, watching for
    non-citizens voting in November. With the all out war on voter rights, it’s
    obvious to most Americans that certain groups of the entrenched Socialists in
    the Democratic party hate the idea of voters having to show proof that they are
    a citizen? The ACORN organization opened a Pandora’s Box when the election
    agencies in eleven states revealed significant numbers of non citizens, felons,
    dead people and even illegal aliens were voting in not only local elections,
    but the last presidential cycle. Incompetence or just plain election officials
    failing to purge election rolls of thousands of deceased, migrating Americans
    to another state and non citizens. Every radical group including the
    contentious Department of Justice has drawn their claws to just keep laws as
    they are? However–America for two three decades have been under the
    bombardment of poverty pouring in from across the world, with limited means to
    halt the human avalanche. America has
    always needed immigrants of the Stem variety (Science, technology, engineers
    and Mathematics) of the highest professional standards, but we cannot
    assimilate foreigners who break the law to begin with, then demand full rights
    as regular citizens.

    These people
    are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from state treasuries, because the
    federal courts say we must give them welfare. In the prior years amongst the
    illegal desperate migrants and immigrants have arrived the criminals. Hundreds
    of billions of taxpayer dollars have been appropriated to seal them in prisons.
    Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, has been badly damaged by the infestation
    with from south of the border, the majority looking for a free handout. It’s
    impossible to calculate the unimagined costs in just these states, backed by
    the Liberal-Marxist intensity in the state assemblies. Find time to achieve
    your own research on the Internet and learn the true costs, statistics and
    corruption that permeates from Washington and your home state. With both
    parties and no penetration by the TEA PARTY leadership, nothing will change.
    Under Obama as of now the Democrats are freely giving out food stamps to just
    about everybody. The poor that includes a large overload of illegal aliens get
    free health care, education for their children and a good source of other
    programs, which American workers have accepted for years.

    In Washington it’s Quid Pro Quo (a favor for a
    favor) that will never produce anything different for the common man or women.
    The readers shouldn’t listen to the Liberal advocates in the national press as
    the lies are still coming with full force for the gullible. The TEA PARTY is
    not just for white populace, but every one of different Conservatives in
    thousands of chapters is a mixture of legal blacks, Hispanics, Asians and
    Caucasians and other races Learn your
    real future under Obama where “Freeloaders “the parasites will live of the hard
    pressed taxpayer. Learn more about Illegal Immigration and its costs at
    NumbersUSA, Federation of American Immigration reform. Learn about the corruption in every state,
    municipality and in the federal government at Judicial Watch. Make your own
    assessment and hopefully do the right thing for your family and this nation,
    when you vote this November.


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