Protesting the border surge

2:56 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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(KVOA) -- Armed with signs, humanitarians and immigration reform activists from across southern Arizona advocated for an immigration reform Monday, but without senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven's amendment.

The activists said adding more border agents and extending the border will only make matters worse.

Eliezar Catellanos said he has friends who have crossed the border through the desert.

"They're going through rough areas where agents don't even want to go because it is just so isolated, but the immigrants are determined to come here and go through there," said Castellanos.

Norma Price said more border agents concentrating on illegal crossers is not the answer.

"If you allow the people to come who just want to work, than the only ones out in the desert are the cartels and the dangerous people, and they can concentrate on that," said Price.

Those in favor of the amendment argue that the border isn't secured especially in rural areas.

"I absolutely believe the border needs to be secured and it would be good to put extra agents on," said Pat Sexton, president of Arizona Latino Republican Association.

But she does not agree with the rest of the bill.

"If the senators that are in this are going to pass this, it's like a slap in the face to all of us that did it legally," said Sexton.

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