Originally Posted by GothamSpotter
Yep. My house in Del Rio, Texas was 8 miles from the Mexican border. Between 30-60 miles into the US, on every road leading out of border towns from Mexico, you pass through a border checkpoint run by U.S. border patrol. Everyone stops and they ask you if you're an American citizen and your car is swept by a drug dog.
What most people don't realize is that Border Patrol's primary mission isn't to protect the U.S. border from Illegals, it's really to prevent the influx of illegal narcotics into the U.S.. The reason there is so much violence and so many problems doesn't really stem from illegals making it into the U.S. looking to perform honest work and start a better life. It stems from illegals who are criminals in Mexico, coming over illegally and continuing their illegal acts in the U.S. whether it be drugs, murder, sexual assaults etc.. I can't tell you of how many stories I heard of in my year living on the border we heard of murders, robbery, assault being linked back to drugs. There was a weigh station approximately a mile from the main gate of an Air Force base and 1/2 a mile from a prison and police station, that had been operating as a front for a Mexican drug cartel for several years before it was eventually found out and shut down. The Mexican drug cartels don't care - they are all about making quick money and keeping the flow going and will use pawns to accomplish this even if the probability of them getting caught is high.
I know a lot of people who have been pulled over for no reason by border patrol because they were deemed suspicious (mind you these include white, blond hair girls). I was pulled over twice once for going 4MPH over the speedlimit, once for 10 over and wasn't given a ticket and was told the reason that I was pulled over wasn't because I was speeding but because they were looking for drugs.
This is what the people in border towns and the people in Arizona have been dealing with for years and it has gotten significantly worse in the last few years. I think quite frankly they are fed up with this, which is why a lot of "Arizonians" are supporting the law, and why a lot of Americans who live near border towns understand and support the law. It's not that they want to infringe on peoples' constitutional rights, it's that they are so fed up with the majority of crime being committed by illegals, that the only solution is to skirt the line to try and achieve results...