Friday, December 31, 2004

Border Problem? What Border Problem?

This is why a bill like Proposition 200 was able to pass here!
Arizona tops entrant busts Arizona tops entrant busts | The Arizona Daily Star �: More illegal entrants were caught along the Arizona-Mexico border this year than in California, New Mexico and Texas combined, officials said. While Arizona has been known to be the busiest crossing point for illegal immigration for the past seven years, the new high in the number of people captured in the Border Patrol's Tucson and Yuma sectors accounted for about half of all of the agency's apprehensions along the border with Mexico. Arizona's trend to No. 1 in the Border Patrol's apprehension rate appears to be on track to continue next year. Since the Oct. 1 beginning of the agency's fiscal year, there have been 97,731 apprehensions in Arizona. That's more than half of the Border Patrol's 186,713 apprehensions all along the Mexican border. Record pot seizures in state likely Record pot seizures in state likely: TUCSON - In the peak of harvest season for marijuana, federal agents along the Arizona-Mexico border are predicting another record year for pot seizures, which have skyrocketed more than 440 percent during the past decade. Agents patrolling Arizona's border and inspecting cargo at the six ports of entry intercepted more than 168,000 pounds of marijuana since Oct. 1, the start of the federal fiscal year. Last year, agents in southern Arizona confiscated a record amount of pot: more than 400 tons all told. That's greater than the weight of the Statue of Liberty.

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