As the immigration debate heats up in Congress, the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona is caught in the crossfire. The tribe's reservation borders Mexico but has one of the least-policed barriers on the entire imaginary line that separates Mexico from its northern neighbor.
With newer measures to keep out undocumented immigrants being augmented along other parts of the border, the attention of drug smugglers, human traffickers and would-be immigrants themselves is becoming more focused on this relatively unprotected stretch. ABC's Nightline edition at 12:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday June 28 profiles the border that "has made life a daily hell for a tribe of Native Americans," as ABC News reports. The
"While border-crossing apprehensions in Arizona are down 43 percent from two years ago, it is a different, more complicated story on the Tohono O'odham Nation," ABC News says. "Drug seizures on the reservation are steadily climbing—nearly 500,000 pounds of marijuana was seized last year, a number that has nearly doubled since 2010. Recently, Tohono O'odham police seized $1 million worth of marijuana in just one week."
Watch the full report on ABC, or catch it online.
Read In Efforts to Secure US-Mexico Border, Ariz. Native Americans Feel Caught in the Middle at ABC News.com.