Immigration Reform? Secure the Border First.

President Obarizona borderama, talking about his illegal immigrant solution, told Univision this week that the US-Mexico border is more secure than ever.

Not surprisingly, we’re arguing semantics. More secure? Maybe. Secure? Not. As an Arizona resident, I hope those working on immigration reform press to secure the border first.  If you live on the East Coast traveling quickly from state to state it might be unimaginable the size of challenges of our Southern Border.  It’s nearly 350 miles East to West across the state. Almost 400 miles of border with Mexico.

But take a look at this CNN report with an Arizona border rancher. Does this look secure to you? How hard is it for Coyotes and drug smugglers to figure out where the fence ends? Traveling like armed ghosts in the night (and sometimes by light), the rugged terrain may slow down sightseers but those wishing to cross do so easily, continuing to endanger the lives of US residents.

The administration brags that there are fewer illegals coming into the country than before. But many would argue this reduction is due to a continued stagnant economy allowing for fewer undocumented workers to find jobs.

No one argues that fences will stop everyone from crossing. But most everyone does agree that they do significantly slow the numbers. Like plugging a leaky boat with a rag, water may still seep in but at a more manageable rate and you are no longer in danger of sinking.



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Teresa Wendt

A stay at home mom who runs a household, manages the finances, cares for a young adult autistic son, and cooks from scratch. Traveling from Arizona to Alaska summer of 2013. Visit my blog at and follow along.

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  1. While it’s true, a rag will slow the leak, but if you don’t bail continously, the boat will still fill to spill over and sink.

    I find it curious that currently HLS is using the figure of 11,000 est illegal (criminal) trespassers & up to 20,000 possible is almost the EXACT figures quoted in 2006-07 by Pew Hispanic, F.A.I.R & other like groups….So how is this ‘down’ or improved? It isn’t!…This is a demostration that is as solid as the suggestion that ‘scissors’ will defend against a gun aka “inmates in charge”

    Bush’s Administration alloted the monies to build a fence. Before even 50% complete, ‘someone’ decided that drones & air survellance would be better & even reduce the need for ‘boots on the ground’ despite the fact that ‘boots’ may well be a 100 miles away from the spotting of a crossing. Although only a slight better than ‘nada’, they (BamBam’s Admin) will be taking that away.

    Along with this ‘improved’ border security, the number of VIOLENT crimes against legal American Citizens & those holding VALID visas has gone from a mere DAILT dozen in 2007 to a conservative estimate of 60 victims a day!!!

    There is a rancher about 150 miles from the Border in Texas that regulary captures pictures of ‘illegals’ with his hunting cameras… Friends living just out of St John Az sit on their porch with rifle in reach & are eye witness to these crossings….

    These Borders must be sealed NOW, perhaps then we can address reform. For now let’s give ENFORCEMENT a shot! ALL Americans have a right to live in Freedom..not fear….

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