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As the courts continue to move at a glacial pace in deciding whether Arizona’s tough anti-illegal immigration statute passes constitutional muster, the need for immediate assistance from the federal government to stem the human tide pouring across the Arizona border is growing.
Federal statistics showing violent crime actually dropping in Arizona counties bordering Mexico are beside the point. The facts still show several disturbing trends that amnesty advocates fail to mention:
* That drop in crime is the result of a huge increase in the number of federal, county and state law enforcement personnel patrolling the state. Arizona is one of the most heavily policed states in the nation and residents have the tax rates to prove it.
* Despite violent crime going down, the Phoenix murder rate is still more than twice the national average.
* The good news: kidnappings in Phoenix were down 11% last year. The bad news: there is still more than one kidnapping every day.
* Violent attacks on border patrol agents are skyrocketing.
* 1/6 of the land area of Arizona is dangerous to travel, according to the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM has posted signs along an 80 mile stretch of road encompassing I-8 warning against hiking or traveling along the southern side of the interstate. Pinal County Sherriff Paul Babeu, was quoted as saying, “We do not have control of this area.”
Those BLM signs bring home perhaps in a way no other fact or argument can, just how far down the rabbit hole Arizona and the rest of the US have traveled because of federal inaction on stopping the flow of illegal immigrants.
Are these signs really posted on the sovereign territory of the United States of America?
Danger — Public Warning
Travel Not Recommended
* Active Drug and Human Smuggling Area
* Visitors May Encounter Armed Criminals and Smuggling Vehicles Traveling at High Rates of Speed
* Stay Away From Trash, Clothing, Backpacks and abandoned Vehicles
* If You See Suspicious Activity, Do Not Confront! Move Away and Call 911
* BLM Encourages Visitors To Use Public Lands North of Interstate 8
American citizens are confronted with “no-go” zones in their own country.
Just recently, gun battles across the border forced the city fathers of Nuevo Laredo in Mexico to post warnings on Facebook, telling residents to stay indoors lest they be hit by stray bullets fired in running gun battles between drug cartels.
And yet, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is telling us that the border is “as secure now as it has ever been.”
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