Rancher On Trial After Stopping Illegals On His Property

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AAAintheBeltway, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. This is the kind of thing that makes my blood boil. There was another case like this a couple of years ago. They claimed a rancher roughed up some illegals he caught trespassing, and a jury awaded them an outrageous amountof money. They ended up getting his family ranch.

    Don' think thi sis just a border issue. When the urban riots come, do you really think former ACORN activist obama will send out the National Guard to protect rich white people? Use a baseball bat on some thugs trying to steal your car or break inot your house and you could easily find yourself in the same spot as this guy.


    16 illegals sue Arizona rancher
    Claim violation of rights as they crossed his land
    Jerry Seper (Contact)
    Monday, February 9, 2009

    An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.

    His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.

    Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.

    The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.

    Attorneys for the immigrants - five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States - have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.

    The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at "gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women."

    In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett's dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."

    The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.

    In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett's attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.

    Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.

    Some of his cattle died from ingesting the plastic bottles left behind by the immigrants, he said, adding that he installed a faucet on an 8,000-gallon water tank so the immigrants would stop damaging the tank to get water.

    Mr. Barnett said some of the ranch´s established immigrant trails were littered with trash 10 inches deep, including human waste, used toilet paper, soiled diapers, cigarette packs, clothes, backpacks, empty 1-gallon water bottles, chewing-gum wrappers and aluminum foil - which supposedly is used to pack the drugs the immigrant smugglers give their "clients" to keep them running.

    He said he carried a pistol during his searches for the immigrants and had a rifle in his truck "for protection" against immigrant and drug smugglers, who often are armed.

    A former Cochise County sheriff´s deputy who later was successful in the towing and propane business, Mr. Barnett spent $30,000 on electronic sensors, which he has hidden along established trails on his ranch. He searches the ranch for illegal immigrants in a pickup truck, dressed in a green shirt and camouflage hat, with his handgun and rifle, high-powered binoculars and a walkie-talkie.

    His sprawling ranch became an illegal-immigration highway when the Border Patrol diverted its attention to several border towns in an effort to take control of the established ports of entry. That effort moved the illegal immigrants to the remote areas of the border, including the Cross Rail Ranch.

    "This is my land. I´m the victim here," Mr. Barnett said. "When someone´s home and loved ones are in jeopardy and the government seemingly can´t do anything about it, I feel justified in taking matters into my own hands. And I always watch my back."

  2. You have more rights if you're illegal, jobless, poor, drunk, a crack head, a thief, etc...

    Where did I go wrong...
  3. Lucrum


    This is just another case of the successful
    left wing pussification of our country.

    Felons without citizenship have more rights than property owning citizens.

    Meanwhile the rest of us sit back and watch it happen.
  4. achilles28


    Its an outrage, to be sure.

    Things will get a lot better under the borderless North American Union.

    50 Million illegals migrating to America and Canada to get free education, healthcare, welfare, social security, housing, etc.

    Just wait.
  5. achilles28


    Are you guys active in politics, at all?

    I decided its time for me to stop bitching, and do something.
  6. But we're worried about some terrorist getting water boarded. The biggest threat to the United States is illegal immigration. There isn't even a close second. It won't be properly addressed because the idiots on the left want the mexican voting block and the idiots on the right want the slave labor.
  7. Polls show substantial majorities against illegal immigration, amnesty,etc, yet both parties ignore voters and push it.
  8. Illegal immigrants have more rights the minute they cross the border than a white guy whose family came over on the Mayflower. As racial minorities, they have access to the full panoply of affirmative action. They get free health care, since they can just show up at a hospital, give a false name and waltz out after being given treatment that would cost us thousands. They used to be able to get no doc, no money down loans to buy houses they couldn't possibly afford. Obama wants to raise our taxes to keep them from getting kicked out of those houses.

    Now, all you have to do is trespass on a ranch, then claim the rancher was mean to you. Get the case in front of a jury of fellow illegals and win the lottery. No wonder they want to come here.
  9. Which is exactly why getting involved in traditional politics is completely useless. At some point the average American will have to make a choice...move, or fight. We're no where near that point yet, but it's coming. When the unemployment rate hits 20%, and it will, when you see 2/3 of your paycheck evaporate before you get it, when your free healthcare is the equivalent of the free clinic, when violent crime permeates every single neighborhood, then people will make the choice. Probably about 5-7 years out.
  10. achilles28


    Oh, I know.

    Thats evidence of conspiracy, right there.

    Unfortunately, mainliners have perverted the lexicon sufficiently, they can't admit whats blatantly obvious without painting themselves into an ideological corner, so to speak.

    Conspiracies can no longer exist. Anyone who suggests such a thing - regardless of evidence - is a tinfoil hat, nut case.

    Here's a short clip from Lou Dobbs concerning the impending North American Union. Apparently, this too, does not "exist".

    This is the type of broken, double-think reality, mainliners live in. Truth is no longer the considered amalgam of facts. But rather the contemptuous word of sanctified windbags and yellow journalists.

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    #10     Feb 9, 2009