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Border Insecurity: Armed Mexican Smugglers Still Crossing the U.S. Border, NBC Reports (Videos)

Posted by FactReal on February 18, 2013

Hidden cameras reveal Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers (some of them heavily armed) are still crossing the U.S. border and traveling miles north into the U.S., NBC reported yesterday.

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NBC’s Nightly News aired yesterday this report by Mark Potter.

Rush Transcript:

In Arizona, ranchers say rural border not secure.

NBC anchor Lester Steven Holt: As you just heard, one of the big issues in the immigration debate is border security. Despite progress claimed by the Federal government, Nbc’s Mark Potter found that for some Americans who live near Mexico, the border is anything but secure.

Reporter: In the rugged terrain south of Tucson, Arizona, advocates concerned about border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of Mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed who cross the border and travel miles north inside the United States.

Rancher David Beckham: A trail coming in.

Reporter: It’s why rancher David Beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the Mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home.

Rancher Beckham: It was unsafe. I couldn’t — I couldn’t see raising our children — you know, I was afraid to let the kids go out even in the day.

Reporter: Residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime it is relatively quiet but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. Recently, neighboring rancher Jim Chilton found a Mexican drug smuggler’s camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. The next day there, he found an active smugglers’ trail littered with water bottles.

Rancher Jim Chilton: It’s like living in a no man’s land. The border patrol doesn’t really protect us. They try to arrest people north of us mainly.

Rancher Sue Chilton: I feel that the U.S. has made a decision not to guard the border where they should. We should guard the border at the border .

Reporter: The U.S. border patrol concedes that a forward operating base, designed to house agents right on the border at nearby Sasabee, Arizona, is currently not staffed because of budget shortages, but customs officials say the border patrol still works hard to protect the ranchers. And with increased manpower and technology, has dramatically reduced illegal border crossings.

US Customs Agent: The fact of the matter is that substantial gains have been made. We need to make additional gains. Do we want them to feel safe in their homes? Absolutely.

Reporter: But ranchers say they still feel unprotected on their own land, along a border they insist is not secure. Mark porter, NBC news, Arivaca, Arizona.

More armed drug smugglers in Southern Arizona
AZBorderDefenders uploaded this YouTube video on Dec 18, 2012, and noted:
“Video from a trail camera placed by the AZ Border Defenders of 4 drug smugglers (one armed with an AK-47) 30 miles north of the United States border with Mexico near Tucson AZ. Obviously gun control doesn’t work for these guys, Why should American citizens give up their rights?”
About AZBorderDefenders: “AZ Border Defenders is a non profit volunteer border watch organization dedicated to informing the American public about the dangers of our illegal immigration crisis. We conduct border watches as well as search and rescue missions where we observe and report any suspected illegal aliens or drug smugglers to law enforcement.”

Porous Border December 2012
SecureBorderIntel uploaded this YouTube video on Dec. 8, 2012, and noted:
“Several groups of drug smugglers, some armed openly, and people being trafficked move north from the U.S./Mexico border on the same trails used by the Mexican bandits who killed a federal Agent there two years ago. Residents of this part of Arizona have seen security deteriorate to the point some are choosing to move away abandoning their homes and ranches.”
About www.SecureBorderIntel.org: “Documenting smuggling activity along the porous US/Mexico border. Despite claims from Government agencies and political figures; the border with Mexico is still under the operational control of drug and alien smugglers. Fencing, patrol roads, camera/radar systems, sensors, and increased patrol strength are necessary to solve the problem.”

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