Arizona's border with Mexico is the weak link in the nation's security, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.
But Robert C. Bonner promised that the link will be strengthened by bringing in more Border Patrol agents, air assets and other infrastructure improvements to gain operational control of the international boundary through rapid response and mobility.
"Arizona is the weakest part of our border with Mexico. We are determined to gain control over it," Bonner said during a press conference announcing the second phase of the Arizona Border Control Initiative.
There are four major corridors in the state used by smugglers of people and drugs - Naco/Douglas, Nogales, West Desert and Yuma. Bonner said some control of illegal activities occurred last year when the initiative's initial phase began.
Saying 52 percent of all illegal immigrants apprehended last year along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border happened in Arizona, the commissioner said the addition of 534 more agents and more than doubling the air assets - helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft - will bring more forces to the state.
I keep seeing articles where people like Bonner keep stating the obvious. We've known for a long time that we have a huge problem. Stop parroting back to us and give us some real solutions.
Bonner called the task facing the Border Patrol in Arizona daunting. He said one way to control the international boundary is for President George W. Bush's guest-worker program to be enacted into law by Congress.
This is not a solution, this is giving up. Close the damn border, plug the holes, build the fence, bring in the military and prosecute the hell out of the traitors hiring these illegals. Just solve the problem for Pete's sake and shut the hell up about how hard it is to do your job.