That’s supposedly a direct quote from the defendant of a lawsuit filed in Arizona. I’m not sure if that’s a direct translation (the quote was originally spoken in Spanish) or the newspaper-friendly version, but either way it’s probably one of the more awesome things you’ll ever hear in a courtroom.
The quote is taken from an article that appeared in the Washington Times today about a group of illegals who are suing an Arizona man who held them at gunpoint when he caught them trying to cross his property into the United States.
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.
That’s just the beginning few paragraphs of the article giving the basic premise of the situation. What’s incredible is that these illegal immigrants apparently CAN sue Mr. Barnett since his lawyer’s initial request for a dismissal was denied. Does anyone else find that shockingly disturbing? A group of non-citizens apparently have the right to sue a legal citizen.
I understand that all people have rights, whether they are legal citizens or not, but these people were caught trespassing, and Mr. Barnett made what most would call a “citizens arrest”.
The details of Mr. Barnett’s situation get quite interesting, and if you read further on, you’ll learn that this isn’t the first time he’s caught illegal trespassers on his property.
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.
Wow, apparently Mr. Barnett takes protecting his property very seriously, and I don’t blame him. What other choice does a private property owner have other than hiring a full-time security force? Especially if, as the article states above, law enforcement is focusing their efforts elsewhere.