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Our Opinion: Border chief, heed this lesson

Alan Bersin, named border czar by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has his work cut out for him.

We welcome added attention to our border with Mexico, but we also hope Bersin learned something from Operation Gatekeeper.

He was the Southwest border official for the Department of Justice when Operation Gatekeeper brought massive enforcement to the San Diego area – a move that spurred illegal immigrants and smugglers to instead cross the deadly Sonoran Desert in Arizona.

Death did not prove to be a deterrent for desperate immigrants. Rather, hundreds have died each year in Arizona’s badlands ever since.

As Bersin works to increase safety on the border now, we hope he uses the lessons of yesteryear to bring not just more enforcement, but also smarter enforcement – with policies that save lives rather than cost them.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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