Our view: Border Patrol base should be closer to border

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

The Bootheel region of southwestern New Mexico and the adjoining desert of southeastern Arizona has been a weak link in the effort to secure our nation's southern border for some time.

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Alamogordo, NM

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Sep 29, 2010
 

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A solid and sensible position. Well done Sun News.
Buenos Gracias

Las Cruces, NM

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Sep 29, 2010
 
Please stop this logic! What are you trying to do, make sense?
Bryan B Stegall

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Yes, the Border Patrol Stations should be closer to the border. The one north of Las Cruces and east of White Sands Missile Range, should be moved to south of Las Cruces,(incorporate with the New Mexico Department of Transportation site on I-10), another one on old highway from Sunland Park north, Afton Road, Highway 54 north, War Road north to Anthony Gap, McCombs Road north. Shut off all major arteries leading north. Place all BP Stations at the State line of New Mexico. By the time you get to the BP Station North of Las Cruces, many illegals can cut across the experimental range to the east, or Corralitos to the west and by-pass the BP. We do not have enough agents to patrol every square mile to minimize entry of illegals, or drug cartel runners.

More helicopters and UAV's operating on the border between El Paso, Columbus and the AZ border. Re-locate more Border Patrol agents on the border, patrolling the east-west passage from the international border with Mexico. We don't need to hire more agents, we need more agents on the border patrolling to keep illegals/drug runners from crossing and then dissolving into the US cities and small towns.
Don

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#4
Sep 29, 2010
 
Heck...it should be on state or federal land and right next to the fence if there is one. It should not be on private land with a lease check going to some rancher. When will these people start taking care of the taxpyers money? Do we have any politicians who will weigh in on this issue? Where is Bingaman and Udall? Asleep in Washington as usual.
Average Citizen

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Sep 29, 2010
 
I think the border stops on 25 and 70 need to be moved to the border area as well. Everytime I go thru them, there are several officers standing around, when they could be on the border.
Typical Sun News

Las Cruces, NM

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Sep 30, 2010
 

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And now the Sun News is an expert in national security issues. You guys know more than everybody!
Lone Ranger

Chaparral, NM

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#7
Sep 30, 2010
 
Use Border Patrol to go after employers. Problem solved. That was easy.
unknown

Santa Fe, NM

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#8
Sep 30, 2010
 
Border patrol just needs to hang out at the welfare office and do pick up's there and any where else something free is being given away.
Nacho Libre

Las Cruces, NM

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#9
Sep 30, 2010
 
To the uninformed:

we already have established customs and border patrol FOBs in the desert. here is an example:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forward_operatin...

Did the LC sun news research this before writing the story? Duh!

PS: Too close and you can be observed by binoculars thus tipping off the bandits of patrol deployments and you are within Barrett rifle range!
Nacho Libre

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#10
Sep 30, 2010
 
Here is the Department of Defense Story:

http://www.defense.gov/news/NewsArticle.aspx...
yeah right

Albuquerque, NM

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#11
Oct 1, 2010
 
Everyone is saying put in right on the border but all of you are crazy. I agree with nacho libre, they would be able to monitor and would be able to injure or kill the agents from within their own country. You're telling me that you would trust that the cartels wouldn't take advantage of that? I wouldn't want to be sleeping next to the border and wake up to rounds whizzing by my head.
Don

Las Cruces, NM

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Oct 1, 2010
 
yeah right wrote:
Everyone is saying put in right on the border but all of you are crazy. I agree with nacho libre, they would be able to monitor and would be able to injure or kill the agents from within their own country. You're telling me that you would trust that the cartels wouldn't take advantage of that? I wouldn't want to be sleeping next to the border and wake up to rounds whizzing by my head.
What? We can't build a safe forward operating station? Thats not what this is about. It's about signing a long term lease so some good ole boy can get a regular check. I am sure there are a lot of state and federal lands suitable.

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Oct 7, 2010
 
With all those 30,000 new border patrol ruffians out there, they could actually be the pickets in the international fence. Then neither illegal immigrants or American criminal elements could get through anywhere between Tijuana and Brownsville.
Better yet, scrap the law dog program altogether and send in the IRS with microchipped ss cards. Slide the card, check the holder out. If taxes are paid current, let them pass in either direction.
The patrol stations are this far inland to watch Am ericans more than immigrants. That fact has been established several times over the history of the U.S. border patrol. Get accustomed to it. It is not about your protection at all.

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