In Cochise, the border patrol is putting up a bigger, better fence. But the new cameras and lights have only pushed the human smugglers farther down the line into the desert.
"The illegal alien smuggler is going to try to sneak their cargo into the U.S. where it is easier," said Ulysses Duronslet of the U.S. Border Patrol.
And where the fence ends, just outside of town, the burden falls hard on individual ranchers. For John Ladd, maintaining his family's 14,000 acre ranch despite hundreds of immigrants crossing his property every week means fixing fences and dealing with the debris and destruction -- caused not just by the migrants but by the enforcers as well.
"The vehicle traffic from our government agencies patrolling, that will never go away," Ladd said. He said he doesn't expect Congress to act fast enough to help: "pretty soon it's going to be too late to do anything."
Already, the border patrol in this part of Arizona is apprehending more than 100 illegal immigrants a day. On average, at least one dies every day.
"They are willing to sacrifice themselves," Esqueda said, "because they know they have a family behind, they have a family they still have to support."