A friend of mine who recently moved to Arizona had this to say after I shared the following survery with him.
“Thanks for sharing. Now that I live in Arizona, I have a much better appreciation of the problem. Arizonans are NOT racist. After California secured their border (with much Federal help) all the illegals just shifted their routes to Arizona. Now several cities in California are boycotting Arizona because we want the same border security as they currently have. How hypocritical of the liberal elitists! Southern Arizona is very hilly with a lot of vegetation allowing the illegals to easily hide from Border Patrol (when BP is actively looking for them which is not very often). The conservative estimates indicate that at least 1,000 illegals cross the Arizona border from Mexico 24/7 X 365 days. Arizona educational, social welfare and healthcare facilities are overwhelmed and of course the taxpayers are footing the bill. It has also been documented that illegals from other countries are entering the U.S. from Mexico over the Arizona border – North Koreans and Somalis have been apprehended. What were they doing here? How many got in that weren’t apprehended? The lack of a sense of urgency in dealing with this issue by our elected officials is appalling. But then, Arizona is a red state with only 10 electoral votes so I guess we’re just not as important as California or Texas.”
He also shared the following with me.
For your blog.
About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans.
The refuge had been adversely affected by the increase in drug smugglers, illegal activity and surveillance, which made it dangerous for Americans to visit.
“The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent,” said refuge manager Mitch Ellis.
“It’s literally out of control,” said Babeu. “We stood with Senator McCain and literally demanded support for 3,000 soldiers to be deployed to Arizona to get this under control and finally secure our border with Mexico. “
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have warned visitors in Arizona to beware of heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers.
“We need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it,” said Babeu. “In fact, President Obama suspended the construction of the fence and it’s just simply outrageous.”
Signs have been posted warning Americans not to cross into the closed off territory south of Interstate 8. Babeu said the signs are not enough – he said Arizona needs more resources to help scale back the violence caused by the drug cartels.
“We need action. It’s shameful that we, as the most powerful nation on Earth, … can’t even secure our own border and protect our own families.”
Indeed he is right. It is a shame.