/ Modified feb 22, 2019 4:36 p.m.

Understanding the Reasons Behind Concertina Wire in Nogales

A discussion with Nogales Patrol Agent in Charge Sabri Dikman.

Nogales is one of at least three border communities in Arizona with concertina wire installed. Arizona 360 learned more about the decision-making process from Sabri Dikman, patrol agent in charge at Border Patrol's Nogales Station. According to Dikman, the request for concertina wire originated within the Nogales Station and was ultimately approved at the agency's headquarters. Since its placement in areas the station considers "active," there have been more than 100 attempts to cut or breach the wire, Dikman said.

"We understand that if they're cutting it, they want to come across, and it is impeding them to some level," Dikman said.

When asked about some of the public's concerns about the wire, Dikman said Border Patrol is taking their feedback into consideration.

"We also have to take into consideration our mission and the current environment," Dikman said, adding that there are no immediate plans to remove the wire.

Arizona 360
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