Senators from Arizona call for troops on borderPosted: Updated:
On Monday Arizona's two U.S. Senators outlined a ten-point plan they say will secure and protect the border.
It all starts with deploying national guard troops.
Senators john McCain and Jon Kyl were joined by sheriffs of two Arizona counties affected by illegal immigration. Primarily the crime that comes along with it.
"In just one patrol area, we've had 64 pursuits, failure to yield to an officer in one month. That's out of control," says Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
"If we don't control it now, our window of opportunity is shrinking very very quickly," comments Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
The senators' 10-point plan to secure the border starts with deploying 3,000 national guard troops to the border.
"The state of Arizona is broke and securing our international border is a federal responsibility so we need to give them the help they need," says Senator McCain
The plan would provide federal funding to complete the border fence, hold illegal border crossers longer and reimburse the state for the costs of incarceration.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who's in the national guard, believes the plan would help, "You come into America and you're here illegally, guess what? There is no catch and release. You should be detained for 14-21 days, then formally deported. You come back, and you're going to prison. That's what we have to do."
They say 17 percent of illegal immigrants stopped already have a criminal record and if congress is to pass immigration reform, they need to secure the border first.
Says Senator McCain, "How can that be effective if you have a porous border? Where criminal elements, drug trafficking coming across the border and threatening our citizens."