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Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu

Mexico is not the enemy.
 
Paul Babeu has a goal of changing the negative misperception about how we in Arizona feel about Mexico. Paul believes we need to make it clear that Mexico is not the enemy.
 
More than 45,000 Mexicans have been killed and many thousands have gone missing during the last four years as a result of conflicts between competing cartels and between the cartels and the Mexican government. Mexico’s President Caldaron has declared war on the cartels characterizing them as terrorists. Even “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa Cartel, refers to his employees as “soldiers”.
 
The Mexican government is not winning this war. The flow of drugs into the U.S. from the Mexico cartels is not being stopped. Drugs totaling more than $30 million per month come into Pinal County. 
 
From the U.S. side of the border our policies do little to help President Caldaron fight his war or to stem the flow of drugs coming into the U.S.  We only catch one third of the illegals coming across the border. Two thirds get through without a hitch. Most of the ones we catch are simply sent back to Mexico. The result - cartel “soldiers” are simply returned to duty to fight another day. There are no consequences.
 
According to Paul this “gaping hole” in the border has other implications as well. Some of those entering illegally are coming from countries that have clearly defined goals to destroy us. This is a national security risk of immense magnitude. 
 
Mexico is Arizona’s number one trading partner; and the number two trading partner for the entire United States. We want President Caldaron and the Mexican government to win this war against the cartels yet it’s hard to come to that conclusion based on the effort being made by our own government. We have spent more than $1 Billion to help Libya and put 28,000 soldiers in Korea … but we won’t do what is needed to secure our own border and help our friends in neighboring Mexico defeat the cartels. Paul Babeu says we need to realign our priorities. We need to do our part to enforce our laws and, in so doing, support of the Mexican government’s effort to win this war.