Jim Chilton, an Arizona rancher testified before Congress and told the the invasion of illegal aliens and drug traffickers puts ranchers and their families living near the border in constant danger. You know, we all know this, yet we are having Congressional hearings. Just build the damn fence, please. The FBI jumped right on online gambling recently, and shut it down, stone-cold, but we loathe to keep those living near our southern border safe. It defies comprehension.
Mr. Chilton is also a member of the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
“We have been burglarized twice. Many of our neighbors have suffered similar loss of security and property. Our losses have been great and our sense of security in our own country has been severely damaged,” Chilton said. “The Border Patrol must control the border at the border so that citizens’ civil rights, property rights and human rights are protected. Ranchers along the border cannot have peace of mind until the border is secured.”
Chilton said environmental laws, including the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), have “unduly hampered” the ability of U.S. Border Patrol agents to control the border. He said he and many other ranchers have had challenges with federal land managers causing serious delays for the border patrol. According to Chilton, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) two mile wide and 50 mile long San Pedro National Conservation Area excludes any mechanical entry or exit resulting in a drug trafficker’s “dream path to enter Arizona and walk unhindered and hide in heavy vegetation for 50 miles. The only way the Border Patrol can patrol that contraband highway is on foot or horseback.”
John Falen, president of PLC:
“Drug traffickers are well armed. They use traps and aren’t afraid to harm ranchers who are only trying to go about their daily business,” he said. “This isn’t just costing our industry millions; it’s costing lives. We hope Congress recognizes the true lawlessness on our borders by passing this long overdue legislation.”
In the video below, Chilton says 4 miles of his ranch run the U.S. border with Mexico. There are no signs, no fence, no wall, nothing to protect his property. He wants the border patrol to patrol the border at the border, and not from 10 miles away? He said backpacks with identification for Yemenis have been found on his property. What a disgrace that this support of illegals, and now murderers, continues. If you have a problem watching Jim Chilton’s testimony in the video below, see it here.
Jim Chilton, Arizona Rancher Testifies Before Congress (Video)