Reps Chaffetz & Bentivolio Tour a Porous AZ Border

Following a recent visit to the Arizona border by senators, Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Kerry Bentivolio, (R-MI) toured the Yuma Sector of the Arizona-Mexico border.

The following is from Representative Chaffetz’  public Twitter account. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Most residents of the US have never seen the arid border that is constantly under discussion due to its lack of security. This photo essay helps demonstrate more clearly the situation Border Patrol and Sheriffs in the area have to deal with daily.
chaffetz 21Image 1: A visit to the Eloy ICE Detention Center. Of the 1493 inmates over 900 are classified as OTM (Other Than Mexican).  Images 2,3,4: Border ‘fences’ near Yuma.

chaffetz 22Images 5,6: Agents use ATV’s to patrol the rugged sand dune area. Note the lack of shielding for the agents. During the visit 9 Romanians were caught trying to enter the US illegally.
Images 7,8: At the remote San Luis 1 station 16-20,000 passengers per day cross into the US. Agents use dogs and behavior profiling in their search for illegal contraband.

chaffetz 23Image: 9 Why doesn’t the TSA use dogs and behavior profiling as effectively as the Border Patrol? Image 10: Another stretch of border ‘fence’. Images 11,12: A US elementary school just North of the border has 60 minor children who walk across the border each day to and from school. No paperwork. No questions asked.

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Images 13,14: Just two of the vehicles stopped during the congressmen’s visit with hidden marijuana and meth.

You can read more about the trip at the SLC Tribune.

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Teresa Wendt

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  1. YOU MADE MY DAY with this post!!! I just hope others got the pictures (my pc didn’t p/u) FINALLY some can ‘see’ a small part of what’s really a daily occurance here. McCain/Schummer reported they spent ‘about’ an hour south of Tuscon & “got to see a woman cross & be arrested” The Yuma Sector is quite abit better secured any & Texas is wide open. Hunter’s with a deer lease set up ‘game cameras’ about 60miles SE of Odessa/Midland Tx (Inner-state 20) to monitor the deer, but instead got frame after frame of ‘unidentified (groups) of unknown persons w/ backpacks crossing. The deer were gone, but piles of trash were found & a fence cut….Rubio may have a ‘grasp’ on immigration that the other 7 gang member don’t, but not a single one is qualified to draft legislation on it!! IF they WANT to know what is going on at the Borders, they have to realize it can’t be done in Washington or in a quick stop over. They can also contact Dr Vickers, a rancher in Brooks County Tx & head of the Texas Border Volunteers where he & his wife keep 4 very large dogs & carry a firearm 24/7.or go to the St David area south of Tuscon,& Presido Tx. There can be NO solution, no new laws NO Amnesty or path to citizenship until the BORDERS ARE SECURED and law enforcement is ‘allowed to enforce existing law”

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