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SB 1083 important for Arizonans’ welfare

The federal government is not doing its job in securing the border. Criminal aliens and drug cartels/gangs south of our border have turned Arizona into the gateway for drug shipping into the U.S. Fifty percent of the pot that comes into the U.S. comes through Arizona and, more recently, heroin smuggling has increased as Mexican drug growers expand their cultivation of poppy fields to make Mexico the No. 2 heroin producer in the world, second only to Afghanistan. If you don’t believe me, ask Tempe residents about the December 2011 raid that resulted in the arrest of 203 members of the Sinaloa drug cartel, which owns the Mexico/Arizona drug smuggling routes. Or how about the March 3 shooting in a club near Arizona State University in Tempe which left 16 people wounded? The shooting has been tied to rival gangs, traditionally the street distributors of the illegal drugs that come across our borders. Meanwhile, terrorists mingle with all these criminal elements and quietly slip across the border. Some have been captured and arrested, but many have not.

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