This week Arizona 360 took a closer look at border-related issues. On the heels of a visit from Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, we wanted to get a better sense of what everyday life looks like for people whose livelihoods are rooted in this region.
We assembled a panel of long-time residents and leaders from Santa Cruz and Pima counties who represent their ranching and business communities. At the historic Lowe House in Tubac they discussed the region's portrayal in the media, enforcement strategies from Border Patrol and solutions they believe could curtail illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
Participants: Olivia Ainza-Kramer, President & CEO, Nogales-Santa Cruz Co. Chamber of Commerce Bruce Bracker (D), Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Gary Brasher, Realtor and Developer Jim Patterson, President, Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council Stewart Loew, Owner, Agua Linda Farm Sue Chilton, Owner, Chilton Ranch