It's hard to imagine the government of the United States allowing an area within our borders to be held under the control of foreign nationals and criminals; unfortunately, that is exactly what's happening in parts of Arizona.
Up to 100 miles inside the US/Mexican border, along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8, between Casa Grande and Gila Bend that serves as a major east-west corridor linking the cities of Phoenix and Tucson with San Diego, the Bureau of Land Management has posted signs advising travelers that they are entering an "active drug and human smuggling area" where they may encounter "armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed". Signs located less than 50 miles south of Phoenix advise travelers to "use public lands north of Interstate 8" and to call 911 if they "see suspicious activity". ("Signs in Arizona warn of smuggler dangers", Washington Times, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010
Instead of taking action in support of US citizens, the Obama administration, has, instead, in an act of gross and unprecedented irresponsibility, decided to allow the status quo, and has actively taken steps to prevent the government of Arizona from doing anything to prevent it, or even protect their own citizens.
In doing so, the President of the United States, along with his Attorney General,, has sided with the very criminals who hold this area in their violent grip. For the first time in the history of this country, a sitting US President has sided with foreign nationals, in direct opposition to those he was elected to represent, putting the lives of many people, citizens and non-citizens alike, at risk.
The saddest thing is the plight of the illegal workers who are now being exploited by Progressives as political talking points. Smuggling, assault, rape, robbery, and murder, as well as forced prostitution and outright slavery are being allowed by their policies.
As Obama panders to the left with promises of amnesty, and Eric Holder refuses to enforce any type of vetting of citizenship at the polls, in direct opposition to US voting laws, the agenda is clear. For them, more illegals mean the possibility of more votes, nothing more. To gain those votes, they're willing to ignore the law, leave parts of the country in violent disarray, and in doing so, totally ignore the plight of the ones who can do the least to protect themselves.
As long as our southern borders remain open to human smuggling, illegal immigration, and drug running, illegal workers will be relegated to being a permanent subservient labor class, uneducated, unskilled, and eligible for only the most menial employment. If a few of them find a way to improve their lot, no problem; there's plenty more where they came from.
Only by effectively closing our southern border can we begin to determine a way to offer limited amnesty to illegals. By allowing them to benefit from our system rather than being abused by it, they can gain skills, and better employment; if there are no longer any workers willing to take the meager wages for menial work, the rates of pay will have to be increased to ensure the jobs get done.