Monday, December 20, 2010

Half of All Illegal Entries and Marijuana Smuggled Into U.S. in 2010 Came Through One Sector of AZ Border, Says Border Patrol

Approximately “half of all illegal entries” into the United States and "half of all of the marijuana smuggled into the United States" in fiscal 2010 occurred in the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, which takes up only a part of the Arizona-Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin. More than two-thirds of the Tucson Sector itself is under "effective control," according to CBP, which by definition means that the government can "reasonably ensure" that illegal entries are intercepted there. That leaves, by CBP's accounting, just a small part of the Tucson sector open to a massive influx of illegal aliens and illegal drugs...more

The El Paso sector has 0 congressionally designated Wilderness areas and the BP claims "operational control."

The Yuma sector has 1 congressionally designated Wilderness area, but it is not on the border and is effectively shielded by the Goldwater Bombing Range. The BP claims "operational control."

The Tucson sector has two Wilderness Areas along the border totalling over 1.1 million acres, plus de facto wilderness in wildlife refuges, national monuments and other protected designations. The BP does not claim "operational control" and look at the stats. Wilderness creates a corridor or safe haven for illegals and drug runners.

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