Yesterday an interesting story reported on signs posted in Arizona by the federal Bureau of Land Management. The signs warn that drivers are entering “an active drug and human smuggling area” and “may encounter armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed.” The signs suggest that travelers drive farther north.
Given the presence of these signs, can anyone really question why Arizonans are so incensed about immigration problems and the lack of border security? If the Obama Administration insists that enforcement of federal immigration law really is an exclusively federal issue, as is the case in its lawsuit against Arizona, then don’t those signs confirm that the federal government has miserably failed in that task? Although Americans have many different views on immigration, I think a vast majority of Americans would agree that the borders need to be secure, such that “armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed” can’t easily enter our country.
What is happening in Arizona is intolerable — and in view of the rampant drug-related violence and disorder in Mexico, is high dangerous to our national security. Warning signs obviously are no substitute for personnel and equipment that actually secure our borders.