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Security efforts in Arizona are “paying off”.

Mexican Army personnel (left) patrol the Rio Grande by Boquillas Del Carmen, Mexico, as U.S. Border Patrol agents stand guard while Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin visits the former international crossing at Boquillas in Big Bend National Park. Credit Photo to San Antonio Express-News, Jerry Lara / glara@express-news.net

This week the Department of Homeland Security DHS announced that the efforts to secure the border in Arizona is paying off.

U.S. federal agents say to media they’re working side by side with Arizona´s local law enforcement agencies to increase border security. In the process of securing the border the violence and illegal activity has increased.

During a press conference in Tucson that was held to update the public on ACTT, the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats, the Commissioner Alan Bersin from the U.S. Customs  Border Protection said that “if you attempt illegal activity, if you try to enter this country illegally through the Arizona-Sonoran border you will face consequences when arrested” and added “the day of voluntary returning of illegal aliens in Arizona is over.”

The ACTT alliance was formed in 2009 to help secure the Arizona-Sonora border, and since its creation, authorities have seized more than 1.6 million pounds of marijuana, 4,000 pounds of cocaine, and 100 pounds of meth.

In addition, 14,000 people have been denied entry at ports of entry to the U.S., and 3,000 people have been held between ports of entry.