Friday, November 18, 2022

40-Mile Stretch of Arizona Border Left Open, Says CBP Source; Arizona Rancher: After MS-13 Walked Through the Gap in the Border Wall, They Came Knocking at My Door

40-Mile Stretch of Arizona Border Left Open, Says CBP Source:
According to a source within CBP, nearly 40 miles of border near Douglas, Arizona, completely lacks patrols on most days. The source, not authorized to speak to the media, says patrolling the city takes priority for the skeleton crew of Border Patrol agents.
The source says on most shifts, roughly a dozen agents are available to patrol the city because of the need to process a surge of migrants apprehended locally and elsewhere. The number of agents is not sufficient to patrol the vast border region to the west of the city as a result.
More than 100 migrants manage to elude apprehension daily, according to the source, who also says that count is grossly inaccurate as miles of border go unwatched. The source says the lack of patrols creates an advantage for smugglers waiting to pick up migrants in the U.S. Vehicle pursuits involving the human smugglers is creating havoc on local roadways and is quickly becoming the norm, according to the source.
As part of Operation Safe Streets, a program initiated by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Daniel, deputies work with other local and state law officers to increase patrols targeting smugglers. --->READ MORE HERE
Jim Chilton
Arizona rancher: After MS-13 walked through the gap in the border wall, they came knocking at my door:
A rancher along the southern border said he's seen a significant increase in drug smugglers — sometimes toting guns — crossing his land and has found bodies of migrants who died on his property trying to make it into the U.S.
"We've been here 35 years now, and it's a wonderful ranch, except we are very ticked off that all these drug packers are coming to my ranch to poison our American people," Jim Chilton, owner of the Chilton Ranch, told Fox News.
Part of Chilton's property was protected by the border wall. He urged President Biden and Congress to finish construction in order to protect the country — and him and his wife. He said on one occasion, Chilton's wife, Sue, was home alone and answered a knock on the door to MS-13 members carrying guns.
"It’s kind of scary," Chilton, who comes from a long line of ranchers, told Fox News. "That’s just life on the border."
Chilton said thousands of migrants crossed his property in 2022, marking a significant increase from years prior. He suspects many are carrying drugs.
On Monday, Arizona border officials in Nogales, around 30 miles from Chilton, seized around 776,000 fentanyl pills, 289 pounds of methamphetamine and 55 pounds of heroin, Customs and Border Protection Nogales Port Director Michael Humphries tweeted. Nearly 15,000 pounds of fentanyl has been seized along the southern border this year, according to CBP. --->READ MORE HERE
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