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August 24, 2005

Chertoff assures Arizona of help on border

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Arizona is the nation's most popular immigration corridor, accounting for about half of the 1.15 million illegal aliens apprehended last year. The flood of illegals into Arizona has resulted in a huge rise in crime statewide, as well as an explosion of violence on the border, with much of it aimed at U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Now we hear from the WashTimes that the Department of Homeland Security, is responding to a state of emergency declared last week by Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano because of illegal immigration, and says it wants to help Arizona combat alien smuggling, ease related prison overcrowding and train state police officers.

According to the WT article, "Mr. Chertoff said yesterday that his agency was examining how best to tighten U.S. borders while catching, detaining and deporting illegal aliens already in the country. The review is expected in the next several weeks."

I wonder how many illegal aliens, terrorists, and tons of drugs will flood into the U.S. during the "next several weeks!" That thought provokes another - why hasn't this already been accomplished and why did it take two governors calling a state of emergency to finally get some action from HS?

Posted by Richard at August 24, 2005 9:16 AM

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