AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu: “This violence is not just coming here. It is here.”

Posted on April 8, 2011

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu is “telling it like it is.” 

Testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, he said this:

“This violence is not just coming here. It is here,” he said. “People in my county do not feel the border is more secure than ever and we are 70 miles north.”


“We need help out in Arizona. In anybody’s scorecard, if the majority of people [illegal immigrants] are getting through, that is a failing grade. Period,” Babeu testified.

The Sheriff is right.  Violence from Mexico has crossed over the border and is affecting the state of Arizona.  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s killing is proof of that, not to mention rancher Robert Krentz who was killed over a year ago on his own land by a suspected illegal who is nowhere to be found.   We’ve even had a cartel-related beheading here. 

Let’s face it, we all know the border isn’t “more secure than ever before.”  In just the last week or so there have been reports of drug seizures and illegal immigrant apprehensions here, here, here, here, and here.  And these are just the ones I’ve found by a cursory search of local news websites.  There are literally hundreds of similar stories from just the past year.  Not to mention the smugglers are now reportedly trying to hire American teens to aid them in their endeavors.  How are we supposed to believe the border is more secure when people and drugs can be brought into the country seemingly at a smuggler’s will?  Hey, even agents of the Border Patrol are getting in on the action!  Couple that with the fact the the new deployment date for a border fence and accompanying technology along Arizona’s southern border isn’t scheduled to be fully operational until 2015 or 2016 leaves many feeling like there is little to no security at all.

But that isn’t  the most shocking claim of all from the testimony  Try this on for size:

The sheriff was also asked about recent comments from the Cochise County Sheriff — that Border Patrol agents have been instructed to force illegals back to Mexico, rather than apprehend them. The goal of that would be keep apprehension numbers low.

Babeu says he asked his top lieutenant about the issue.

“He said, ‘Sheriff, I have heard that myself directly from border agents in the Tucson sector.'”

If that’s true, it’s a huge deal.  Secretary Napolitano has been claiming that decreased apprehension numbers are proof that the Obama administration’s border policy is working.  But if orders from “higher ups” have gone out to agents to “shoo” illegal immigrants back across the border, rather than arresting them, as a way of keeping those apprehension numbers down, the truth needs to come out.  Manipulating the sytem and putting agents lives at risk in an attempt to score political points is inexcusable.  This accusation needs to be investigated.