AZ Border In-security
May 18, 2010 by nancy_barto
The story that’s taking over the news these days is the immigration bill – SB 1070.
As most of you know, most Arizonans support Governor Brewer and the Legislature’s actions - enabling local police to enforce Federal immigration laws.
And the rest of the country? America knows there’s a problem. In fact, I receive calls and e-mails daily from people across the country in support of our actions and making plans to vacation in our state!
The boycotts, lawsuits and ignorant statements including those by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder – who admitted he hadn’t even read the bill – are drowned out by the truth:
The Federal Government hasn’t stepped up to the plate.
Read the following about what the bill actually does: AZ House Republicans
Consider the following:
- In Cochise County alone, 600,000 were caught crossing the border in 2009 – See them caught by hidden camera – on Border Invasion Pics.com – click here.
- According to the Dept. of Justice National Gang Intelligence Center, an estimated one million gang members nationwide – most here illegally – commit 80% of crimes. These are not the gangs of yesterday. Gang experts say, “Today’s organized gangs present the greatest threat to criminal justice and citizenry. They are sophisticated, technically savvy and have inceasingly become more violent. Their tentacles reach across the U.S. and beyond borders. For them, it is about taking care of business and making money.”
- According to local police working these crimes, home invasions and kidnapping related to cross-border violence are rampant and under-reported – even with the so-called lower crime rate in Maricopa County.
- Rural environmental impact – each crosser leaves 8 lbs of trash in the desert – if you haven’t seen these “lay-ups” for yourself, click here for Environmental Impact Video. I witnessed them personally on a border tour in 2006 and the problem is still dire.
- What is most troubling is the national security threat that the thousands of “OTM”s – Other than Mexicans - pose as they cross unhindered into the country with who knows what intention. One U.S. Border Patrol agent estimated one in ten that they catch is from a country like Yemen or Egypt.
It’s time to build and secure the fence in Arizona.
Quote of the week: Arizona’s traditional 5 C’s – Cattle, Cotton, Copper, Citrus and Climate have become Cartels, Crime, Cash, Contraband and Criminals (Bill Richardson – Feb. 18, 2010 E.V. Tribune article).