Border tours offer opportunity to see border realitiesby Hugh Holub on Aug. 26, 2010, under border issues, mexico, politics, SB 1070
Several of us down near the border offer special guided tours of the border area roughly between Sasabe and Nogales and south of Green Valley.
Usually when the media wants to do a border story, they haul down to Nogales, stand up next to the fence, shoot 30 seconds of video, and then head home.
You’ve got to get out into the country where the terrain is unforgiving to really grasp the difficulty of actually securing this border.
Karl Hoffman offers a tour from Arivaca west over to Sasabe and then down along the border through the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge. He is an accomplished film maker and photographer who has spent years learning about the border.
I run a Santa Cruz Safari border tour from Tubac to Arivaca, east on Ruby Road to Nogales and back to Tubac.
These are not recreational type tours…both go out into remote areas over some pretty rough roads.
Both of us try and set the background and history for why border security is even an issue, and then offer visitors the opportunity to see for themselves what the challenges are.
We don’t get into the political issues and we don’t debate stuff like SB 1070 or “anchor babies”. We just want folks to see the real border.
The target audiences for these tours are journalists, media, politicians, governmental staff and law enforcement….people in a position to help solve the border problems and share the reality of the border to a wider audience.
The tours typically take aropund 4 hours…or more if there are interesting encounters.
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