Arizona Sheriffs Say Border Not Secure as Immigration Reform Looms

Andrea Billups and Jennifer G. Hickey, Newsmax, January 25, 2014

As Congress prepares to take up immigration reform, two high-profile Arizona sheriffs tell Newsmax the federal government’s effort to secure the border has been a dismal failure.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said bluntly: “The border is not secure.”

“I’m telling you that as somebody on the ground, as someone who experiences it every day. This is a lie that is being peddled by those who must convince the American people that it is secure and everything is just fine,” Babeu told Newsmax.

“We have the most active drug and smuggling corridor in the country,” he added, saying that the intersection of major interstates, as well as rural and side roads and vast terrain, make it the perfect area for illegal immigrants coming to this country.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio echoes that view: “Drugs are still coming, illegal aliens are still coming into the U.S.,” he told Newsmax.

“You can’t just say we must secure the border first and then we’ll look at illegal immigration. That border will never be secure.

“Why not say we are going to enforce the U.S. immigration laws, not only on the Mexican border, but on all the borders around the country?”


The House will likely take up several measures advanced by the House Judiciary Committee.

A Judiciary aide told Newsmax that the committee has taken a “step-by-step approach to immigration reform, carefully and methodically reviewing each component in detail so that we get immigration reform right.”

That approach, said the aide, relies on guaranteeing enforcement of immigration laws and securing the border first, improving legal immigration programs, and finding an “appropriate” means to deal with the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.


Pinal, a massive county larger than some states located about 70 miles from the Mexican border, has seen its share of problems and they are growing worse, Babeu said, noting that any claims by the Obama administration that border crimes are on the decline are misguided.

Unemployment in the county of around 400,000 people is about 21 percent, a disincentive for many illegals who cross the border to find work.

Nevertheless, recent figures from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) show a 16 percent increase in border arrests in 2013, after dropping 42 percent following the 2008 recession. Along the Southwest border alone, apprehensions jumped from 327,577 in 2011 to 414,397 last year.


The Heritage Foundation has outlined what it terms “conservative principles” that should guide any immigration reform efforts, calling for Republicans to reject proposals that offer any kind of amnesty.

According to Heritage, U.S. taxpayers will pay as much as $6 trillion in net future costs if unlawful immigrants gain amnesty and access to the full range of government benefits, including welfare and entitlement programs.


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  • Puggg

    “Border not secure”

    What border?

    “Active drug and smuggling corridor”

    Some people like their dope. Do you think those people actually want serious immigration and border control? All the meth addicts in counties like mine that can’t get their fix any more from the junk that’s brewed in trailer parks now get their fix from Mexican gangs hauling in meth that’s way more potent and dangerous than trailer park brew.

    “16 percent increase in border arrests”

    Take it from a jail guard. The real action is what happens after an arrest. I bet most of those arrests result in nothing, and the illegal alien gets to stay.

    • Manaphy

      As Hillary Clinton would say, what difference does it make?

  • Luca

    I blame GWB. He should have started Draconian measures of Homeland Security on 9/12/2001.

    I’m talking “boots on the border” and heavy handed enforcement.

  • Truthseeker

    The people who see these things up close are always vilified by the mainstream media because they know that the propaganda the rest of the country is being fed is false. How nice it would be to have a country for white people who don’t suffer from pathological altruism.

    • So CAL Snowman

      If White people didn’t contain the cursed gene for pathological altruism, we wouldn’t be White. We would probably be more conformist like the Asians. Pathological altruism is exactly like the double edge of a cold familiar knife.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Intersecting fields of fire MG emplacements. If Whites can’t be found with the nads to do it either robots or Mexicans can be found who would.

    • Pro_Whitey

      If it hurts me and my kids, I don’t consider it altruism.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        You are awake.

  • bigone4u

    Did anyone really believe the border was secure? I’m in Texas, 200 miles from the border and in this small town outside San Antonio, there are massive numbers of illegals living in apartments built for them, about a mile from my nicer apartment. Should I complain to the local sheriff? It wouldn’t do any good because the power elites want the squat monsters here as cheap labor. In fact, I suspect the sheriff would start hassling me if I did complain. Thank god for patriotic sheriffs like Mr. Arpaio.

    • mobilebay

      I’m a little farther away that you big, but they’re all around us. I too admire Sheriff Joe. I know he grandstands, but he gets things done. I’d like to see him head up Homeland Security. I just heard him denigrated by a democrat a couple of hours ago on TV, comparing him to Genghis Kahn. But, whatever it takes….

      • DLRisVH

        They are all around here too, South Jersey, they are buying homes cramming three to four families into them, and ALL of the building contractors employ them.

        • saxonsun

          And also swarming in the beautiful Hudson Valley of NYS. They destroy everything they touch.

      • LACounty

        That democrat you’re referring to is bantu lover Bob Beckel.

        • mobilebay


      • Alexandra1973

        No, we need to do away with Homeland Security–we do not need Big Brother.

        I wouldn’t object to Sheriff Arpaio heading up the DOJ though. Kick out “My People” Holder.

    • IstvanIN

      NJ is 2,000 miles from the border and we have entire towns that have turned Mexican.

      • DLRisVH

        Bridgeton NJ has been over run with them so much so that they actually drove the majority of the blacks from that area.

        • IstvanIN

          I was in downtown Bridgeton 2 years ago and thought I was in Mexico City.

          • DLRisVH

            They are working their way through Millville and Vineland, they are everywhere.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            Same as mine and my family’s stomping grounds: Marin County and Contra Costa counties, CA.
            Face it, California is dead in the water, except for a few wealthy enclaves inhabited by libtards who vote consistently for pro-amnesty fools.
            Eagerly awaiting the Upper West and East Sides of Manhattan going south under their Communist mayor.

      • MBlanc46

        Pretty much the same here. As my wife puts it, all the places that managed to keep blacks out in the 1960s are Mexican now.

    • Jesse James

      Just outside Athens GA and we have a town within a town of mostly Mexican illegals. Every year there are more and more, they even have express bus service to take them back to Mexico for visits home.

    • Laura Dilworth

      there’s gotta be alot of illegals here in chicago too and we’re not close to the border

  • mobilebay

    This, and previous administrations, have admitted that we can’t (or won’t) secure the border. Never mind that we went to the moon many years ago, and it a tad farther away that the border.

    • RisingReich

      That trip to the moon and back again was manned, engineered, directed, funded and imagined by WHITE MEN.

      Whitey doesn’t run the show anymore.

      • mobilebay

        You’re right, RR. I should have thought of that.

  • Spartacus

    “Drugs are still coming, illegal aliens are still coming into the U.S.,”


  • NotTooSwift

    There are two signs on our Southern border. ” KEEP OUT” and “HELP WANTED”.

    One of those signs must be removed.

    • LACounty

      *Press 2 for Spanish.

    • Luca

      That is propaganda. The Two signs should read “Keep Out” and “No Jobs Left” but Mexicans read the second one as “No Jobs? You’ll still get some Benefits”.\Unemployment and handouts are at record levels.

      Never repeat Liberal propaganda,

  • LACounty

    “This idea that all these illegals are just here waiting in line patiently to get a job or to enjoy the benefits of our freedom is undercut by the reality on the ground here in Arizona,” Babeu said with disgust. “We know that up to 30 percent of those apprehended have criminal records already established in our country, never mind their country of origin.”

    “Today there are 28,600 service members from the U.S. guarding the border in Korea. Why can’t we have thousands of soldiers here until the infrastructure is built to protect and guard our border? It’s not about illegals or the drug cartels. It’s about national security. I believe this is one of the greatest threats to our country because those who mean us harm will use this as their likely path to access our country.” — Penal County Sheriff Paul Babeu

    • MBlanc46

      National security? Where did this guy get the idea that the elites give a fig about national security?

  • OhWow

    Let’s invade Mexico, rape their women, demand they speak English, trash their neighborhoods, drive down real estate, send all our money back to the US, and change taco and burrito places into hamburger and fried chicken places. Demand that they speak English because we refuse to speak Spanish, then drive down wages by taking their jobs. Demand that they give our kids free lunch and educate them. Develop organizations like “The White Race” that talks about taking over Mexico and turning it white.

    Something tells me they may not like it.

    • MBlanc46

      I’m in for everything but changing the taco and burrito places.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Whites could run them better, put out better and more authentic product…

  • Alexandra1973

    Agreed, the barrier would pay for itself.

  • cheryl joseph

    I was reading these posts and apparently theses illegals are ending up everywhere but here in Arizona.Chicago,Jersey,nyc,ect….well they didn’t walk to these cities.someone has to be giving them a ride.i don’t see alot here in tucson and it makes sense to me, that if you escape from prison your not going to hang around the town that the prison is. they want to get as far away from these borders as possible I’m sure.the problem with all this illegal immigration is first off the amount of drugs coming in.secondly theses people are not American so they can basically commit crimes with no recourse.they just jump back to Mexico.I’m sure this wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the drugs.that’s the realproblem here.