Around Nogales, where arrests are down 20 percent, Susie Morales—who lives 2 1/2 miles from the line in the national forest west of Interstate 19—has seen no letup in crossings.

As she cooks dinner in her kitchen, she can look out and see mules backpacking drugs on a trail 75 yards from her front door. Another trail runs 50 yards behind her house.

These trails are so close that when Susie spots incursions, she runs into her bathroom with her cell phone and shuts the door. She has to keep her voice down so the crossers can’t hear her calling for help.

“There are more Border Patrol agents around, but the tide hasn’t abated,” says Morales. “It’s amazing. They’re still coming. We need active-duty military here, because we’re just outnumbered.”

She carries a .357 magnum everywhere she goes.

I’m not saying this law isn’t just terrible policy, but all of the people raising their voices about it in the rest of the country need to take a look at what life is like on the border right now. They also need to realize the federal government’s culpability. The states are the laboratories of policy. When their requests for immigration legislation and border security are ignored by the rest of the nation, this is what can happen.

Quote from this Leo Banks story in the Tucson Weekly.