Be Thankful For The Wall — It’s A Symbol That Arizona Will Never Be Cartel-Land

Anyone who still doubts the need for a wall on our southern border needs to take a long, hard look at the violence raging just a stone’s throw from American border communities.

When nine American citizens — men, women, and children — were massacred by drug cartels just 70 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border this month, it shook our nation’s collective conscience. Our countrymen’s deaths, however, are shocking to us only because we have enjoyed such blissful isolation from the ongoing brutality south of the border.

Violent death in the deserts of Sonora, Chihuahua, and the other vast swaths of Mexican territory plagued by the cartels and their gunmen is not the exception. It is the norm, played out day after day, murder after sickening murder. At Rocky Point, not far from where the American Mormon families were ambushed, investigators are still pulling dozens of bodies from a mass grave, with the families’ search for their loved ones inhibited by the occasional arrival of armed men.

This is the reality of life beyond the protection of American law enforcement and American courts — and it’s getting worse. Based on the number of murder investigations, 2018 was the deadliest year in Mexican history, with 33,341 dead. The figure represents a stunning 15 percent increase compared to 2017, which was previously the worst year on record with 29,000 killings.

Back when I was Governor of Arizona, we were often told that former Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s aggressive “drug war” was driving the surge in violence. Since Calderón’s departure in 2012, however, his successors — first Enrique Peña Nieto and now Andrés Manuel López Obrador — have pursued progressively more conciliatory approaches to dealing with transnational drug organizations, yet the situation has continued to deteriorate. Now, Mexican security forces find themselves being beaten in open combat and forced to cede territorial sovereignty to the cartels.

President Trump offered American assistance to help bring the cartels back into check, but President Obrador inexplicably rebuffed him.

There is no easy solution to the violence in Mexico, but Arizonans can be thankful for the skilled professionals of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and effective law enforcement officers who allow us to live in relative safety and comfort. Our security depends on our support for their efforts, especially with the Democrats champing at the bit to effectively end immigration enforcement. It is not for lack of trying that the cartels have failed to establish themselves in America as firmly as they have in Mexico.

Border Patrol agents have made clear time and again that they need a border wall. Physical barriers are a force multiplier for our immigration officials, enabling them to deploy their resources more efficiently. The wall will also allow them to better address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border by removing the incentive for parents to drag children with them through the lawless territory where nine Americans recently met their demise.

Despite years of obstruction from the Democrats, the border wall is already being built. Soon, you’ll even be able to watch via webcam as the new barrier snaps into place.

We should be proud of this accomplishment. Beyond the mere construction of a wall, it represents the nation’s commitment to support the efforts of our law enforcement officers to protect America at all costs.

Jan Brewer is the former Governor of Arizona

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Jan Brewer is an American politician and author who served as the 22nd Governor of Arizona, from 2009 to 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Brewer is the fourth woman, and was the third consecutive woman, to serve as Governor of Arizona.


  1. Cartels have already embedded the and our USA sorry to imform you They own homes in many citites Here in the west as in the east FBI and DEA reports this news everyday You just have to find the news on it but they are here And most likey you good people have bought and eaten at one of their stores and resturants and dont know it
    They are here Many will stay and profit from us They make Millions and Millions on the illeagl drug trade
    And they are the cartels are in bed with Russia China Turkey etc
    They import drugs all over the world billions of dollors are spent on weapons and on getting lawyers to invest money here in the USA
    Some people dont know or look down on Cartels and think they are harmless to us You better think again Some are not real bright but its the other busdiness partners they have that really Hate Americans that do millions of bussiness with these drug lords We are so blind to it because we think they cant over run us or take us on..
    Huh slowly thats what they are doing because the big players know how arogant we are our ignorance and turning a blind eye to this is going to be our down fall
    Ive been saying this for a long time They are Terrorists so are the people they deal with from other countrys

    Build that wall higher and stronger
    Borderland beat is a great news source Read learn open your eyes

  2. I recently met wuth border patrol agents in Lordsburg, NM since no Trump or media outlet &wishes to cover the story. Be it may, it appears
    Trump doing a reasonable job of handling the crisis South. I would do things different

  3. Excellent piece.
    Now Governor, would you prevail upon those boneheads in the AZ Legislature they need to pass a constitutional amendment (as more than 25 states have done) abolishing all local “at-large” election schemes, so’s we can begin competing in the City Council of Tucson, which has become a GIANT CANCEROUS TUMOR, metastasizing on the Arizona body-politic?

  4. This wall is pretty nice, and needed, but how about a wall like the North Koreans have? Backed up by A-10’s, the National Guard and our Border Patrol it would stop cold any trespassers.

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