- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Times’ editorial (“A (partial) victory for common sense,” Feb. 20) is correct when it states, “Roger Barnett is a good man who has been put through hell because of the repeated failures of the federal government and the courts.” I met this Arizona rancher some nine years ago. At that time, Mr. Barnett had rounded-up over 1,000 illegal-alien trespassers on his ranch and turned them over to the Border Patrol.

Mr. Barnett was infuriated by the ongoing destruction of his property caused by hordes of illegal immigrants, as well as by the repeated failures of the Border Patrol to stem this relentless flood. Mr. Barnett was fed up with the unmerciful stealth migration that had knocked down fences, gates, trampled flowers and shrubs, cluttered neighborhoods with filthy litter, mountains of rotting garbage, piles of discarded diapers and toilet paper, food containers and plastic water bottles, and sundry filth everywhere - acerbated by the stench of excrement, poisoned (or throat-slit) pets and livestock and lots of stolen property that wasn’t tied-down.

Of special ire was Mr. Barnett’s 82-year-old rancher-widow neighbor who lived behind her chain-linked fence with a shotgun and pistol always nearby - an American citizen who was afraid to come out at night and challenge the hordes who’d ruined her crops and garden and made her a virtual prisoner in her own home. She was afraid to buy more guard dogs since the last two were poisoned, probably by illegal-immigrant smugglers known as “coyotes.” Every door and window of her home had bars on them. She’d been burglarized more than 30 times.

There’s still little sovereignty ortranquillity for U.S. citizens along much of our frontier with Mexico, especially at night. Ranches and communities have been transformed into staging areas for hordes of illegals to pillage, trample and destroy on their relentless onslaughts into our sovereign nation.

It’s still unknown whether ideological whiffs of charlatanry and narcissism by open-borders groups like Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) are sufficient to sustain the fallacy that walking distance to our borders and tribal chauvinism are justifications for ignoring this nation’s immigration laws.

MICHAEL SCOTT

Glendora, Calif.

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