Living on the border with Mexico these days must be like living in Germany where they basically had a total invasion of over 1 million “refugees”. Our border with Mexico has been open for the time Obama’s been in office so we’ve become a global magnet for anyone and everyone. That means criminals and gangs are free to come and go. The ranchers have especially been hard hit with a constant stream of illegals coming onto their property. Can you imagine? It seems like the ranchers are now 100% FED Up! with these trespassers!
Several hundred ranchers gathered at a small-town high school in the Bootheel on Thursday to rally against what they described as a broken border.
Also present were members and representatives of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and officials from public security agencies, including the Border Patrol, Army, National Guard and sheriffs. More than 600 people showed up at a school auditorium in Animas, population 237.
Ranchers here have been steaming over the reported kidnapping of a ranch hand in December, when drug runners allegedly hijacked the man’s vehicle, loaded it with narcotics and drove him to Arizona. He came home “roughed up,” his employer Tricia Elbrock said, but he survived the ordeal.
Concerns about border security have simmered for years for those who live among the region’s sprawling ranches and rugged mountain ranges. Sometimes, fears boil over, such as after the unsolved 2010 murder of southern Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, who was found shot dead on his property, or after the recent reported kidnapping.
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The video below is a good example of border activity: Fernando, an American border Rancher, tells how the border has changed: “It used to be, years ago, they were coming in to find a better life, get some work, you could see the people, the kind of people coming through – you could tell that they were people wanting to work and provide for their families. The kind of people we’re having now, they’re not coming to work. These people coming through are full-grown men, all tattooed … as soon as they hit our neighborhood, they start destroying our stuff, so they’re not here for any good”
“How many here think your border is secure?” Elbrock asked to laughs. “I say to all our representatives, come down here. Stay with us. Work with us.”
Someone in the crowd shouted, “Walk the border!”
“And see what it’s like,” Elbrock said. “It’s not safe. We got problems here. They don’t want it known. They don’t want people to know.”
Read more: ABQ Journal