Agencies and community residents insist border is safe and protected
April 8, 2011
By Karina Salazar for El Independiente
Three generations of Sotos have lived in Nogales, Sonora, and have watched the border change and evolve. Marta Soto remembers crossing from Sonora to Arizona as a kid in the back of her parent’s pick-up truck. Even once in Arizona, from the rear window she had a clear snapshot of the vibrant curio shops along the streets and the colorful homes slowly crawling up the hillsides above the curved flatlands of Sonora.
Now 45 years old and a new resident of Nogales, Ariz., the view is obstructed by fear and politics. Like other border residents and law enforcement agencies, Soto continues to declare that the border is safer than it’s ever been. And they are backed up by cold hard facts.
“The wall has changed, and the security has changed,” said Soto, who moves back and forth daily between Arizona and Sonora. “But it’s not this dangerous, violent place people have said it is. With a 10-foot metal wall and national troops around, it’s a bit different.”
Marta Soto looks toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Ariz. during one of her many transits between the two countries.