Arizona's top prosecutor says the best way to stop illegal immigration is to dismantle the Mexican crime cartels.

Attorney General Terry Goddard, in Washington Thursday to testify to a congressional panel, said crossing the border now is much more difficult than it used to be.

"Unless you have criminal assistance, or are some kind of Olympic athlete, you're going to have a very hard time getting through a combination of hot desert, rugged terrain and border security,'' he told Capitol Media Services.

"The main reason the border is still being penetrated and people are still getting across is because they had criminal assistance,'' Goddard explained. He said that help is "very effective.''

"They have everything from the technology, to the information, the spotters that tell them where the Border Patrol is located,'' he said.

Goddard, set to testify before the House Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterrorism, said he sees Mexican criminal groups and illegal immigration as the same issue. He said aggressive prosecution of cartel members will automatically lead to fewer border crossings.

He acknowledged much of the activities of these cartels occurs on the Mexican side of the line, beyond United States jurisdiction. And he praised Mexican President Felipe Calderon for his "courageous'' stand against the violent groups.

What can be done here, he said, is to make it harder for the cartels to send their profits back to Mexico.

He pointed out it is illegal to take more than $10,000 in cash or equivalents, like travelers' checks, across the border without declaring the funds to federal officials. That would get the attention of prosecutors who could use that information to trace the source of the funds.

Goddard said, though, there is no such law for gift cards and other "stored value'' cards. He said someone can "load'' the card with that much cash and then simply walk across the border.

He said one option is to provide border agents with scanners that can read the value of the cards. But he said there are some technical problems with that depending on the type of card.

What can be done, though, is a requirement for U.S. retailers and others to notify the government any time a card is loaded with more than $10,000 in value. Goddard said that will help prosecutors "follow the money'' to figure out if it is the result of illegal activity.

His testimony comes as attorneys for Gov. Jan Brewer are in court today to urge a judge to reject two efforts to bar the state from enforcing its new law aimed at illegal immigrants. Goddard withdrew from defending the lawsuits after the governor insisted lawmakers gave her the sole right to control the defense.

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msk8te

Illegal is illegal. All citizens must abide by the law...that's why they are called ILLEGAL... they are not abiding by the law. Now that I've explained that to you, everyone please donate to:

www.keepazsafe.com

Help fight ILLEGAL immigration!

SargeDude

@Forkedlift1 ... or should I say Forkedtoungue ... You have no credibility if you base your opinions on comments like, "that has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ...". Talk about a HATE group...it is the result of an incestuous relationship between NAACP and La Raza.

SargeDude

Illegal immigration will continue to be a problem as long as the skid-mark cartel needs the votes and lackeys like Klinton, Goddard, Napolitano, et al flaunt their disregard for the law and the will of the American people. This is one Arizonan who is fed up and prepared to defend his and his family's life, limb, and right to peacefully and legally exist in the state. I will not be intimidated.

allamer

If gift cards can be loaded up, then why hasn't Attorney General Holder done something deal with that? The National Guard on the border would discourage the cartel-supported drug smuggling, but for some reason Obama doesn't really want to do that. The small number of Guard recently assigned to the border is more foot-dragging.

Marcus Gallio

TERRY GODDARD YO YO, get a clue you tool. The drug cartel pushes drugs across the border, the coyotes push cheap illegal workers, the terrorists push terrorists. So, lumping one with another is illogical. 1. Complete a solid fence, including on Federal land. 2. Enforce with more armed troops and border patrol foot patrols. 3. Use ARMED drones. 4. Enforce E-Verify for ALL Companies in Arizona (and America if possible). 5. Tie it all together with SB1070 - FAST.

Nothing in the above 5 components says anything about race, religion, sexual persuasion, nationality, etc etc. Its totally supports a Soverign Nation to secure its borders.

PeacefulCat

Terry Goddard and his Capital gang have been addicted to the profits of the drug war his entire political career. they have no intention of giving up their marijuana cash cow. Terry Goddard and his gang are guilty of crimes against humanity. The pain, suffering and death they have caused with the corrupt enforcement of the marijuana laws alone are responsible for unprecedented pain, suffering, death and destruction. Goddard and his gang belong behind bars along with Brewer and her gang.

stevo1

What is the argument here? every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals and is the largest invasion of any Nation, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

This refusal to abide by our Constitution should be classified as Treason as grounds for IMPEACHMENT & trials for Treason!

Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison, Educate the invaders children,free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws, massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE! They walked,rode,swam and drove over here, they can do the same going home! taking thier anchors with them! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded
http://immigrationcounters.com/
http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
http://www.immigrationshumancost.org/
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/01/025329.php
http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty580.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KcwIy_fQuU&feature=player_embedded

AZMomma

Let's stop focusing on just one of the reasons the ILLEGALs head north - the canard of them just wanting a 'better life'. They integrate into the barrio, infecting decent LEGAL Hispanic neighbor- hoods (and young kids).
Anytime we can chop off or retard one of the reasons, we are gaining ground. SB1070 is just one of the tools. Do NOT depend on it to stop it all.
Cartels are also recruiting Gangs to act as their local helpers, so that should serve as a warning to local Gangstas that they may become sitting ducks if it gets really nasty. Since they like to Tat their bodies with Gang symbols, the PROFILING isn't too hard to do.
Law abiding Latino-CITIZENS, better wake up, look around and realize what is being done to them and their respectable lives. They are losing ground to the filth and worst of their ethnic heritage.
The Latino community has been silent and compliant for too long, allowing LaRata and Bich*os Por Los Causa to make them hold the guilt card.
American-Latinos Unite....support the USA and help rid OUR country of these vermin.
[smile]

Masterrogue666

It would certainly help slow down both the drugs and the ILLEGAL ALIENS flooding across the border, but it would not stop them completely.....

ArizonaRising

The drug cartels are not the main reason why people are being forced to migrate. Corrupt, tyrannical governments and exploitative corporations are. Until the good people of the international community stand up and begin calling out and demanding legal action against the main predators who seem to be protected by not only governments south of the border - but the US government, itself - nothing is going to work to bring stability and security.

forkedlift1

Jacks4,
Here's some of what that link says, which sounds very tentative and thus far very secretive:

"This draft would make it a felony to be on U.S. soil unlawfully either by visa overstay or border trespass says the consulting group that authored the initial version."
"Two senators , Jeff Sessions and Jon Kyl are refusing comment that they have a bill proposal. Sources say a bill proposal of such magnitude would likely have to come after the elections, once Republicans either retake the House or Senate or both."

Nowhere could I find in that small print that that link uses who the "consulting group" is.

If it's something that has been cooked up by F.A.I.R., the well-funded organization that is opposed to ALL immigration, that has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, that authored SB 1070, and that has been writing immigration legislation for various cities that all has been ruled unconstitutional for the past few years, it wouldn't be very promising.
Thanks, though, for the information.

Jacks4

The best way to stop illegal immigration is this new bill I just read about that might be coming out in the Senate. I’m not sure why this hasn’t hit the airwaves yet but apparently 80% of those polled support the bill across all parties—that’s amazing on this heated issue!

Here’s the link if anyone is interested.

“New Bill Solves Illegal Immigration, Reduces Unemployment 50%” by Xelan Bonn
http://xelanbonn.com/3175/new-bill-solves-illegal-immigration-reduces-unemployment-50/

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