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Rancher: life on his ranch on the US/Mexico border

Rancher: life on his ranch on the US/Mexico border

Mary Anne Somerville writes in her “Epistle from the Desert” from Arizona:

This is an interview with John Ladd, a rancher in our area, who lives on the border line between Mexico and the United States. He is an honest man who strongly believes we are not doing the right thing with our Border Patrol. I have had personal conversations with him about this issue. His message has consistently been, “Put the Border Patrol on the border.”

BBC reports:

US Congress is debating an increase in border security as part of an overhaul of the country’s immigration system. But local residents and long-time ranchers along the border worry that their already diminished rights might be under attack again.

Since its peak in 2000, apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the Southern border have decreased 78% to 357,000 in 2012. Two thirds of this drop can be explained by a weak US economy, according to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations. The other third is due to enforcement increases.

The BBC talked to John Ladd, a fourth-generation rancher whose land borders Mexico, about the border agents who patrol his property.


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For issues of the border-la frontera in a dramatic setting, I recommend FX’s new show “The Bridge” (be forewarned, though, that it’s a murder mystery w/ no small amount of violence).

I think the subject of the border is one that resists easy answers. In the perfect world of my dreams, the land masses of Planet Earth wouldn’t have governmental borders. We don’t live in that world, so what’s the right thing to do? What’s practical, what’s ethical? What would *I* do if I were on the border (and on which side)? Kyrie eleison.

JC Fisher

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