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January 29th, 2013
11:39 PM ET

Rancher: Mexican border isn't secure

Dan Bell owns a cattle ranch in Nogales, Arizona, that sits right on the border with Mexico. He's been on the property his whole life and has seen firsthand the violence and tragedy that stem from issues with illegal immigration.

"I don't believe there's a day that goes by - either illegal immigrants or somebody smuggling contraband drugs," Bell told CNN's Gary Tuchman. "There's always somebody coming across."

A tall fence lines some of Bells' land, but mostly the only thing dividing the two countries is a rickety barbed wire fence that can easily be climbed; he makes repairs to it himself.

It would be difficult to build the tall, protective fence along the entire border because of the mountainous topography.

When asked if he considers the border secure, Bells says it's not. "We do need to focus on making sure that we have boots on the ground, that we have the technology available to us, that we have infrastructure to actually get to the border and patrol it."

Watch: KTH Reality of U.S. border security

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  1. Tamera Jensen

    This is a no brainer, as our soldiers come home from war they are going to need something to do.....put them on the border....Boots on the ground...give them the newest and best tools and let them secure the country in their own land! Simple as that. .

    January 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm |