Restore Our Border
A year after Arizona rancher Rob Krentz’s murder, it’s time to implement a blueprint for border control.


Mark Krikorian

Anti-enforcement folks constantly deride our border efforts by noting how the number of Border Patrol agents has increased and illegals are still coming. What they don’t tell you is that, even after the buildup, the entire Border Patrol is still smaller than the NYPD. Even if every Border Patrol agent were stationed on the Mexican border (and they’re not, because we have thousands of miles of border elsewhere), there would still be only an average of maybe two agents per mile per shift. The notion that this is excessive, or even adequate, is laughable.

7. The judicial and law enforcement systems which prosecute Border related criminal activities must recognize and apply an enforcement mechanism that provides felony prosecution of as many detainees as feasible, including first-time entrants, with existing judicial resources and continuing expansion of judicial capacity as need indicates. Penalties for conviction must bar any illegal entrant from ever working or receiving residency visa status in the U.S.

This is an expansion of the Operation Streamline idea, the core principle being that there need to be severe consequences for violating our border if there’s ever to be deterrence. Currently, since we don’t really treat border incursions as all that serious, neither do the illegal aliens.

8. Increase permanent “Stone Garden Funding” for County law enforcement affected by Border security problems to provide additional fully-equipped deputies with all-terrain vehicles and sufficient matching local judicial and penal system personnel, equipment and infrastructure expansion to the level that eliminates any unfair cost burden for Border security on Border States, counties and municipalities.

Operation Stonegarden funds help border-county law-enforcement agencies pay for overtime and other expenses related to addressing what should be federal responsibilities. It’s simple equity that local taxpayers not have to bear the entire burden of coping with the failure of the federal government to secure the border. Even jurisdictions a little farther north of the border have had to ramp up their policing to protect their citizens; Pinal County sheriff Paul Babeu h opes to get funding from the state legislature to cope with the increasing law-enforcement burden created by illegal-immigration-related cartel activity.

9. Expedite deployment of sufficient and appropriate communications technology, as needs are determined by Sector and Station Chiefs, to Border Patrol units operating in Arizona and New Mexico.

10. Require the Border Patrol to attain full time, around the clock border surveillance capability by means of electronic, optical, and other appropriate technology, together with necessary support personnel as determined by Border Patrol Sector and Station management. Ensure additional incremental agents are deployed to operate and maintain this hardware and technology.

Camera towers like the one pictured here are an invaluable tool for border surveillance. But there’s often not enough manpower to actually monitor all the cameras and call in sightings to agents in the field. Smugglers quickly figured out, of course, that if the camera at the top of the tower wasn’t moving, that meant no one was controlling it, and thus no one was watching. And, as I understand it, the monitors back at headquarters are manned by fully trained agents instead of more junior — and less expensive — personnel, a misallocation of resources if there ever was one.

11. Replace outdated or ineffective air support resources with contemporary rotorcraft and small single engine fixed wing aircraft. Deploy air support on or near the U.S. Border. Ensure enough air support to monitor the Border and respond to calls from Border Patrol Agents.