Arizona ranchers still complain of high traffic through their remote lands. But even in Arizona, the numbers have gone down, from 616,000 apprehensions to approximately 120,000 last year. A thousand new border patrol agents are given the credit, as is a weaker U.S. economy.

And as "Secure the Border First" remains the mantra of many in Washington worried that immigration reform is moving too quickly, 2,000 miles away, many point to El Paso and San Diego, as evidence the border is under control and secure.