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Drug seizures increase as immigrant arrests fall

Az apprehensions hit 17-year low

Narcotics seizures on the country’s borders increased by 20 percent during 2011, even as apprehensions of illegal immigrants fell to their lowest levels in decades. The total arrested in Arizona is the lowest in 17 years.
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Dec 14, 2011, 9:47 am
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All this spin about dropping numbers of border jumpers being apprehended is smoke-and-mirrors. Of course, when you direct an agency to put their priorities in enforcing one area and “overlooking” the other…what do you think is going to happen?

These statistics do nothing more than show what the current priorities are of those responsible for protecting our borders.

Dec 14, 2011, 10:39 am
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No jobs in U.S.= less illegal crossers. So… I would assume more poor starving illegal job seekers are joining the drug trade as there are no more jobs in our country for them. Or forced to join the drug trade by the most violent criminals on the planet.  Either way the U.S. is the big loser and our leaders do nothing to stop the illegal activity on the border.  we have become so desensitized to this problem, that people are proud of only half a mil have crossed our border into arizona ( yes you have to estimate the border jumpers that dont get caught). Secure the border now. Stop these criminals. Put pressure any way you can for our leaders to do the job they were elected to perform. Enforce the laws and protect the people.

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