Illegal immigration numbers off the chart, McSally waivers, Pima Supervisors reject border security

SEN. MCSALLY SUPPORTS BORDER SECURITY, IF IT DOESN'T CLASH WITH MILITARY PROJECTS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released illegal immigration statistics for February, which show the numbers to be literally off the recent charts.

The  number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border last month was the highest total for February in 12 years.

As the immigration control agency released the numbers, Vice President Pence made a stop on his visit to Arizona to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warehouse in Phoenix.

Surrounded by confiscated drugs, guns and money, Pence said, “Anybody that tells you that drugs are not coming over our border, our points of entry, doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Any vote against the president’s national emergency declaration is a vote against border security.”

“We call on every member of the Senate,” continued Pence, “and your senators here in Arizona to stand for border security. To stand with President Trump and uphold the president’s call for a national emergency and additional resources.”

In Tucson, a majority of the Pima County supervisors were standing in opposition to the president’s plan. In a 3-2 vote, the supervisors approved of two resolutions proposed by Board Chair Richard Elias in opposition to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and the use of concertina wire along the wall near Nogales.

Supervisors Ally Miller and Steve Christy voted against the resolutions and offered strong support for Trump.

“Supervisor Elias’s resolution states some important facts,” said Miller. “First, your motion states that conditions along the southern border have not changed substantially in recent years. I appreciate this acknowledgement because it recognizes that this very real national emergency is not a new problem but has been a dire issue ignored by members of both major political parties for many years now. Every recent president, Republican or Democratic, has basically ignored this huge national security threat.

“Second, your resolution states that apprehensions of people caught while illegally crossing the border have gone down,” continued Miller. “But in no way does the decreased number of apprehensions automatically mean that the there was an actual decrease in illegal border crossings. All it likely means is that at our ports of entry and where our southern border is most protected today with physical barriers, technology and boots on the ground, in those places only can we say that illegal border crossings have gone down.

“This likely means that illegal border crossers have wised-up and avoided these areas when possible by looking for other unsecured areas for illegally crossing our southern border. And this could be seen as further evidence that, where implemented, physical barriers do work.”

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  66,450 people were apprehended between ports of entry on the Southwest Border in February, compared with 47,986 in the month of January and 50,749 in December.

In Fiscal Year 2018, ending Sept. 30, a total of 396,579 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border.

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions FY 2019

USBPDemographicOCTNOVDECJANFEBTotal
Southwest BorderUAC4,9685,2624,7635,1196,82526,937
Family Units23,11625,16427,50724,18936,174136,150
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions51,00251,85750,74947,98666,450268,044

*Note: Family Unit represents the number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Miller mentioned a recent visit to the ranch of Jim and Sue Chilton of Arivaca during the Pima County Board’s debate.

“The Chiltons and other southern Arizona ranchers are left alone on the front lines of the border crisis and deserve the protections our nation can and should provide,” Miller said.

Supervisor Ally Miller and rancher Jim Chilton discuss the impact of drug and human trafficking on his land.   Arizona ranchers seen their land and livestock damaged, and their families live in fear of the violent cartels that control much of the area. [Photo courtesy Supervisor Miller}
 Chilton and his fellow ranchers recently signed a petition asking for the government to protect them, with suggestions as to the best methods that should be deployed.

They were exercising their First Amendment rights, in seeking a redress of grievances from their senators and congressman, said a recent article by ADI columnist Jonathan DuHamel.

Southern Arizona ranchers ask feds for protection from cartel smugglers

 

DuHamel described the “border security on parts of Chilton’s ranch as “a four-strand barbed wire fence. That’s all.”

Although McSally had pledged support for border security and recognized the need for a wall, on Tuesday she told reporters that she was “still looking at it.”

“I am seeking assurances that the money will not come from Arizona military construction projects,” McSally tweeted last month, referring to a conversation she had with Pence. “We can & must secure our border while ensuring our armed forces have the resources and facilities they need.”

Then on Monday, Sen. Martha McSally sent a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan

8 Comments

  1. We the abused Pima county residents vote against the anti border voters, they can’t even take care of their own back yard much less worry about the border.

    It’s called busy work to avoid doing their stinking jobs taking care of basics like roads.

    Take a look around you brain dead morons, the results of your jobs looks like a crap hole and you have the stones to worry about everything you have no control over.

    Lord help us in Pima county and also look out for ally miller and eh maybe Steve Christi once in a while

  2. I’d like to know what AZ military construction projects might be affected. Back east… some military bases were renting out Base Housing to non-military personnel and handing money to both military singles and families to live off base.

    McSilly… wake the hell up. Just because you are sitting in the McClame seat, doesn’t mean that you should imbibe his spirit. Just build the wall. Pima County stuporvisors… the 3 Morons… go to hell because that’s where you non-patriotic fools belong.

  3. Martha McSally hasn’t a clue. She probably thinks this is a way to get Demorat votes. Not with Mark Kelly running. It is obvious her handlers are pushing towards DEFEAT!!!

  4. I left the BOS meeting because I knew that these resolutions were going to pass so that the BOS 3 could cock a snook at President Trump. The five members of the BOS have responsibility for Pima County, not national politics, not other Arizona Counties. The infrastructure is in desperate need of work and they seem not to care – thus the Worldview fiasco.
    What to do? Voting the BOS 3 out seems impossible for now since the BOS Districts are gerrymandered to keep them in place and most voters only look at the small letter behind the name and vote party line. However, we must try to remove them for the safety of the County as a whole.

  5. The border wall needs to be constructed throughout the Southern area! I also have met with this Rancher who attended our PC meeting! He had brought his grandson to show us slides is these illegals coming through his property which has a barbed wire! He also said he gave the the Border Patrol permission to excess to his property! They said the law prohibits them by law to do that! They said they had to be 200miles away! If you spoke to him, he might of mentioned that!
    These laws have to be changed! Martha you need to work to secure our border! Pima needs you to help by standing with Trump & Secretary Neilson to protect Americans first! Illegals are breaking our laws!! Martha, we the people of Pima expect this to be your top priority!
    I worked with the Republican Club of Gree Valley to put you into office along with Kay Koehlar!
    Thanks
    Vinnie

  6. McSally is nothing but a bought & paid for parasite on the taxpayer, and always has been. Would her dad be proud of her now that we know she doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about the citizens of AZ just a talking point for her. This is why SHE LOST 2 SEATS for Republicans in the last election She is un-electable because her behavior is totally the remains of McCain that picked her because she is establishment through & through,

  7. Now you see the real McSally. As long as it clashes with military spending? I call BS. She is so in the dark about everything she has no clue. Remember about the A10 fiasco that she didn’t even realize that rewinging was only going to be done to about 2 dozen planes…. She is in place because she can be controlled by the establishment and that reason only. How does if feel to be represented by a another democratic flake and an idiot bought and paid for by the establishment, ie the remains of the McCain mafia, including Doug Douchy. Just makes me so proud…..

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