Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sheriffs at odds about border strategy

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) –  Both Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske said in Nogales Thursday that illegal immigration arrests have dropped significantly while drug, weapon and cash seizures have risen.
They now want to move into more cooperation with Mexican authorities, intercept more cash and weapons that head south across our border, and emphasize prevention programs to reduce demand for drugs.
But Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said that the border still needs more enforcement and that 6000 National Guard troops would help cut the smuggling across the deserts.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada showed support for Napolitano and said that the border cannot be sealed because it still has commerce and must function for people to cross legally.

“You can either make it secure or you can seal it, but you cannot do both,” Estrada said.“For me, as a sheriff in Arizona, I cannot accept the proclamation that the border cannot be sealed.  That, for me, is un-American,” Babeu said.
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