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Letter: Expect the worst if we don’t protect the border

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:01 pm

Live in Arizona? Live near the border? Think things are scary now? If our Sheriffs lose their authority, get ready for a nightmare.

The hard, undeniable, truth is this: Any country that finds itself deluged by an invasion of illegal (and at times, criminals) must act to protect its borders. The particular level, whether Federal, State or Local, of enforcement is, in my opinion, not particularly relevant. The increasing cost to the taxpayer and the rising rates of crime are.

Folks in Phoenix and Arizona suffer a heavy burden. Our taxes are being drained by extra expenditures on hospitals, schools, and social services. The burden is especially egregious when Arizona’s citizens are impacted — often terrorized — by cross border drug trafficking and violence. If we shackle local law enforcement, things can only get worse.

Jonathan Gray

Scottsdale

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