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Arizona lawmakers want new border intelligence center

File - In this April 22, 2010 file photo, a Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols along the international border in Nogales, Ariz. At the heart of the debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law is frustration with how the U.S. deals with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants within its borders. The federal government says its policy is to focus on dangerous, criminal immigrants, not the average worker who is just trying to earn a living and keeps his nose clean. There is just no way the government can find, arrest and deport so many people, they argue. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona lawmakers want to erect a new border intelligence center in the state’s latest foray into the national immigration debate.

A House committee advanced a bill Wednesday that seeks to establish a joint operations intelligence unit to coordinate state and federal law enforcement agencies working along the border.

The center would work closely with U.S. Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials.

Proponents say they want to create a drug-free zone along the border that would also target human trafficking.

They say the center would be based on the Rangers, the top criminal investigators in Texas. Texas recently sent small teams of Rangers to remote border locations to deter drug traffickers.

Arizona already has an illegal immigration prevention team that assists in crimes associated with human smuggling.

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  1. THE BORDER IS SECURE. This administration has spent more than ALL the law enforcement agencies put together. AZ is there for the ‘money-grab” which will put ALL at risk for serious harm in a “military/police” state.

    So is this a “drug free zone”or “war-zone” with all the paramilitary apparatus? Illegals crossing the border has dropped significantly while AZ with its hand out for Billions of Federal (Obama) $$$’s is ramping up.



    Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:08
    By Charles Derber and Yale Magrass, Truthout | Op-Ed

  2. Arizona’s reality: “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry” CNBC original

  3. Citizens For A Safe And Secure Arizona

    We need to do more than erect a bldg in the desert. What is really needed is to reduce our costs and at the same time, seal our borders shut. Two step plan:

    Step 1: Sign up all willing and able Citizens to volunteer (2) days, every 2 months, to serve on the Border. There will be thousands of American Patriots, willing to give up some time and serve thier STATE. Especially if they can help in keeping away drugs that are flowing to thier children.

    Step 2: Bring home some of our Heroes who are serving in Germany and Japan and re-asign them to assist our American (Citizen Patriots) on the border. In time, this activity will establish small towns that will flurish along the border.

  4. Only the Shadow Knows!

  5. Concerned Citizen

    Another boondoggle so a few can profit (and not solve the problem) at the expense of the people. Stir up fear = $$$’s for the profiteers. Taxpayers cannot afford this. Sequestration???

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