Those checkpoints people complain about are not on the border; they're 50 to 100 miles north of it. It makes impossible to travel sideways, for example from Yuma to Sierra Vista (both in AZ) without hitting those checkpoints at least once, sometimes more like 3 or 4 times. That is not protecting the border.
The people who actually live on the border, Yuma, Douglas, Nogales, etc, suffer greatly from the destruction, theft and threats (not to mention occasional murders) caused by those crossing the border. There are no border guards there, and if you have the audacity to complain it's quickly made apparent that nobody gives a flying-f about you, your property or your rights. It's an extremely hostile environment.
They way it is now sucks, yes, it's nothing more than an excuse to revenue collect and harass people. But the way it is now has nothing to do with closing the border or protecting American citizens.
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