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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.