Imagine having two or three parties of illegal aliens traipse across your property daily. Imagine going into your backyard, only to be jumped by a few such soon-to-be amnestied migrants on the move, and hit in the head with a two-by-four, after which your home is burglarized. But, as the North East elites keep arguing, ordinary American do not need and should not have the same right of self-defense afforded to politicians.
Barack Hussein Obama, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, goes so far as to deny the nightmare that is daily life on the border between Arizona and Mexico, claiming the following:
“We strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80% from their peak in 2000. Today, deportations of criminals, is at its highest level ever.” (Via CNN)
Erin Burnett doesn’t usually “investigate” the Haloed One. But she broke with CNN norms, and dispatched reporter Casey Wian to the small border town of Naco, Arizona, for an OUTFRONT investigation. Here’s the transcript (one of the few good features offered by CNN):
“ROBERT LADD, ARIZONA RANCHER: It’s bull. It’s not true. This border is not secure until they want to have harsh treatment and penalties for coming illegally. They’re never going to be secure.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): John Ladd’s cattle ranch spans 14,000 acres along the Arizona/Mexico border, which here is a dirt road and a 13-foot high fence.
LADD: This is the hole they cut last Friday afternoon to bring two-truck full of dope in. They torched the metal and then they just break it with a toe strap on the truck. Then they use a portable grinder to cut the mesh.
WIAN: They then took off through his property. He says it was the 28th and 29th smuggling vehicles crossing his ranch in the past year.
LADD: People traffic is down. There’s no doubt about that, but we still have two or three groups a day.
WIAN (on camera): Two or three groups a day?
WIAN (voice-over): Ladd scoffs at claims of dramatic improvements in border security based on fewer border patrol apprehensions and he says it’s too soon for comprehensive immigration reform.
LADD: There has got to be a bunch of people coming across that wall to try to get here while they can, take advantage of the pathway to citizenship.
WIAN: Sheriff Mark Dannels’ deputies chased and lost the drug smugglers on Ladd’s land Friday.
SHERIFF MARK DANNELS, COCHISE COUNTY, ARIZONA: There’s a lot of unrest in this county, especially in the rural parts. People just don’t feel safe because of the illegal flow, the criminal elements that are floating through Cochise County and entering our nation. It’s scary.
WIAN: Dannels blames the nearly two decades’ old border patrol strategy of pushing illegal traffic into remote rural areas.
(On camera): The border patrol vehicle just drove right by. You said there are not enough agents on the border. What would it take to get this border secured sufficiently where you would feel comfortable as sheriff?
DANNELS: Well, first of all, the first report card on that is when the people of Cochise County are not in fear to go out in their backyard like the gentleman I was talking about here three or four nights ago, went in his backyard and was hit in the head with a two by four while they burglarized him and took off.
Until I get the feeling from the citizens of Cochise County that, we’re comfortable, we’re confident that it’s making a difference. Right now that’s not the case.”