Arizona Border with Mexico is Secure

Arizona was once a state inundated with illegals crossing its border from Mexico. In 2005, over 570,000 of them. Can you even imagine this? I can't. Over half a million illegals from south of the US border flooding across the border in a year. It was that year that Arizona and the US Government decided to make a drastic change. They hired or sent up to 18,000 border patrol agents between Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. They built up the Border Patrol's inventory of aircraft to 260. It acquired para-military devices including ground and air sensors and night vision, all used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The command structure became more military-like than before so agents could cooperate better. A barrier of 18 ft. high metal fence was built in key crossing sites, like Nogales, AZ. to Nogales, Mexico. The use of Black Hawk helicopters and guided drones play a key role in detecting the illegals attempting to cross. Radars and infrared devices can spot them hiding and distinguish between a human and an animal.

Today, the illegals crossing has dropped to 126,000. It use to be that AZ accounted for 50% of all the crossings in the southwest, now it is 33%. The illegals keep storming the border, but now they have assaulting the Texas border region, which is far longer. Texas has hundreds of miles where crossings can occur.

The dilemma has shifted east but the long border prevents the same force application of the border patrol that was used in Arizona.

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Mike 3 years ago

"Today, the illegals crossing has dropped to 126,000. It use to be that AZ accounted for 50% of all the crossings in the southwest, now it is 33%. The illegals keep storming the border, but now they have assaulting the Texas border region, which is far longer. Texas has hundreds of miles where crossings can occur.

The dilemma has shifted east but the long border prevents the same force application of the border patrol that was used in Arizona."

Texans have a little different mindset than most. If the government will not secure the border I expect Texans will start doing it for them.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

That is true! You do what you must. But, I think some Arizonians might disagree.


Mike 3 years ago

Good point. I'm guessing some of the Arizona folks weren't what Mexicans hoped to see when they came across the border either. The immediate danger though, is not the illegal immigrants, it's the drug smuggling and crime associated with it. Yes, illegal immigration needs to be stopped, but people outside the border states need to understand that the problem is greater than people just looking for a better life. I don't mean you personally, but how many of the folks in a state like Montana understand the whole issue.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I live in Arizona and know the problem has dwindled a bit but still pretty hefty. Concerned about the criminals and the ones who have been released.


Jayfort 3 years ago

If the Arizona/Mexico border was truly secure, there should be zero illegal crossings, not 126,000. I grew up in Arizona and still have family and friends there.

Many years ago, an illegal immigrant tried to carjack my Mother's car...while she was still in it. He didn't expect to have to contend with her. She locked her arm through the steering wheel and over the horn button. A bunch of our friends heard the horn and beat the crap out the attempted car thief. When the sheriff arrived, he begged to be arrested. In court, he begged the judge to deport him so he could get away from the "crazy gringos!"


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Okay, almost secure...


Jayfort 3 years ago

Do I hear... semi-secure?


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swordsbane 3 years ago from Wisconsin

Has anyone stopped to consider WHY we are trying to stop illegals from entering the country? Is it that we're afraid our standard of living will drop? Are we afraid they'll steal jobs? Do we just not like them?

All that stuff you mentioned we're now using to stop those illegals... drones? Hiring more border guards.... ground sensors... radar... more aircraft? Who do you think pays for all that? That's us legal citizens that pays for that. What do we get for it? That doesn't help me get a job. Illegals take the jobs employers CAN'T give to citizens because of minimum wage. I'm not competing for the "tomato picking" job market. It doesn't change my standard of living. My bank took more of my money than all the illegal immigrants can take in a lifetime. Do I feel safer? Crimes are not disproportionately committed by illegals. They're committed by criminals.

So what are we getting for our money and all the wrangling in congress and hand-wringing in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas? Can someone tell me? We get to be happy that 3 out of five illegals are stopped. We get to be happy 3 out of 5 civilians who gave up almost everything to get here, risking their lives, almost certainly most or all of their money, to try to make a better life for themselves, don't even get to try.

Wow... We rock.


Kyle 3 years ago

@sword

"So what are we getting for our money and all the wrangling in congress and hand-wringing in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas? Can someone tell me? We get to be happy that 3 out of five illegals are stopped. We get to be happy 3 out of 5 civilians who gave up almost everything to get here, risking their lives, almost certainly most or all of their money, to try to make a better life for themselves, don't even get to try."

Hey doofus, not everyone coming across the border is looking for a job. You should feel lucky that you don't have to deal with border crime up in Wisconsin. Go screw yourself.


Jayfort 3 years ago

Amazingly enough, I read several articles over the last few years about some items found in the debris left behind by illegals crossing the border. The items in particular were documents written in Arabic! It's not just Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans crossing our southern border.


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swordsbane 3 years ago from Wisconsin

Kyle: What a compelling argument, and you present it so well. I don't know how could have been so wrong.

Seriously?


Cornholio 3 years ago

mexicans suck at computer games. if i wasn't lazy I would gather up some evidence of this but I really don't care. Most of you are probably equally as bad.

Being bad is fine. Spamming chat with EL GORDITO CRUNCH ES MUCHO BIEN while im trying to win the game is the really bad part. Racism and realism are two different things. I'm not saying mexicans are bad people, they just fucking suck at computer games just like germans suck at resisting genocidal tendencies and white people can't dance

strategy computer games come down to one thing, if you're good with logic then you'll typically do well in strategy games, or at least you'll play a lot smarter


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Okay......good to know......a little out there cornholio, though.


Jill 3 years ago

I met with this mexican today and now my office stinks like mexican. It is difficult to describe the smell - it's not a b.o. or shit smell, it is just an unpleasant type of odor that remains even though he left 10 minutes ago.

By the way, he may not be mexican. He was some type of hispanic, but who knows - they all look the same to me.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Yes, I know, just like all white people and asians


Uncle Remus 3 years ago

I gots me a cart that I put crushed beer cans in, it run on big macs and cheetos

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