State House passes bill to give Pinal County Sheriff some border security moneyby Hugh Holub on Mar. 09, 2011, under border issues, drug smuggling, mexican drug cartels, politics
Press Release from Arizona House of Representatives March 9, 2011:
HOUSE PASSES EMERGENCY BILL TO FUND VITAL BORDER SECURITY OPERATION
No. 1 pass through county in the United States would
receive $5 million in state aid to protect citizens
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (March 9, 2011) – Taking a proactive approach to protecting Arizonans in the absence of the federal government securing our border, the Arizona House of Representatives passed emergency legislation today that funds border security operations in Pinal County where Sheriff Paul Babeu has launched a task force to hunt down drug cartels and human traffickers.
HB 2718 allocates $5 million for Sheriff Babeu and his deputies to purchase equipment and supplies to provide border security in the absence of federal security and protection.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
“We can no longer allow drug cartels and smuggling rings to run wild in Arizona,” said Speaker Pro Tempore Steve Montenegro, sponsor of HB 2718. “These resources are vital for Sheriff Babeu to fight these illegal criminals and keep Arizonans safe. Arizona must stand for the rule of law, and this unique task force is doing what the federal government refuses to do: It’s enforcing our laws.”
“Arizona can’t make the mistake of waiting around for Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano to secure our border,” said House Speaker Kirk Adams, also a sponsor of the legislation. “Pinal County has become the top corridor into our state and country for illegal activity, and Sheriff Babeu has taken the lead in protecting Arizonans. With this legislation, the sheriff will now have the resources he needs to stop criminals from infiltrating other parts of our state and country.”
Pinal County was selected to receive the funds due to the amount of illegal activity there, its unique border security operations and because it receives less federal funding than areas directly on the border.
“My deputies and I are not afraid to bring the fight to the Mexican Drug Cartels, but we need help to purchase equipment and supplies,” said Sheriff Babeu. “Speaker Adams, Rep. Montenegro and the Arizona House of Representatives have taken a significant step to protect Arizona families and defend the rule of law.”
What is wrong with this story is that no money is going to Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima or Yuma counties which are actually on the border.
If the Border Patrol were actually concentrated at the border where they belong, Babeu up in Pinal County would have to find something else to gain attention with.