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Phoenix, AZ--Governor Brewer has signed SB 1406 into law. SB 1406 allows for the construction and maintenance of a fence along the Arizona-Mexico border.
“For proof that a well-built fence really works, all you need to do is look at the progress in Yuma County ,” says Sen. Smith. In 2006, Yuma built a triple-layered wall, standing 20 feet high and reinforced by cement-filled steel piping, steel mesh, and wire.
Yuma County Chief Deputy Leon Wilmot noted that before the wall was built, he responded to reports of robberies, smuggling, rapes, and killings on a daily basis. Since its construction, he relished in the fact that such reports now are almost non-existent.
...One thing that was curious is that the bill states that it will only build parts of the fence on any private property with consent of the land owners. But it doesn't make any provision that I saw for what to do in case the land owner does not give consent.
So that raises the question whether people sympathetic to smugglers and drug dealers could possibly purchase some of these border properties to mitigate the bill's effectiveness? ...
that would be an ideal time for other gangs to take there catapulted cargo by force because any body coming from the desert wont be just a immigrant thay will probaly have something of value to steal. but its just crims on crims then so who cares?
Originally posted by filosophia
A wall would be a great idea but ending prohibition would take care of the cartels faster than a wall. They catapult drugs across the border how would a wall stop them?
Originally posted by daskakik
They'll just go under it.
For the second time in three months, authorities have found a smuggling tunnel in the Arizona border city of Nogales,
As national concern mounts over Arizona’s porous border, the Yuma Sector, its fence and its techniques have received considerable attention from politicians who point to the Border Patrol’s success in securing the region. The Border Patrol catches virtually every person who attempts to cross border in this sector, Lowry said. Once a person is captured trying to cross illegally, he or she is prosecuted through the federal court system in Yuma and eventually deported.
The Yuma Sector has managed to significantly reduce crime and illegal border crossings since it increased the number of agents on the border, improved the infrastructure guarding the border and implemented a criminal prosecution initiative known as Operation Streamline, Lowry said. From 2004 to 2011, the number of agents assigned to the sector has increased from 330 to 969.
Far fewer people attempt to cross here now. The number of people apprehended in the Yuma Sector’s dropped from 138,500 in 2005 to just over 7,000 in 2010, according to Border Patrol statistics.