People living and working in Arizona and other border states told Senate lawmakers Tuesday the U.S.-Mexico boundary isn’t secure.
Witnesses at the hearing before the the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said that must change before Congress considers immigration reform.
Mark Daniels, the sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., told committee members violence along the border continues to escalate.
“The rural parts of the border are not secure,” he said.
He said previous federal efforts have focused on populated areas, pushing more of the illegal activity — border crossings and drug-smuggling — to rural areas like his county.