Rancher Jim Chilton Has To Police The Border Himself

Jim and Sue Chilton own a ranch in southern Arizona just south of the town of Arivaca. Their southern ranch boundary is the Mexican border which is guarded by a barbed-wire fence which 80-year old Jim Chilton can cross with ease as do smugglers and illegal immigrants.

Watch this eleven minute video as Jim and Sue tell their story:

Note: Jim and Sue Chilton are friends of mine and I have been on their ranch.

See also: Chilton Vs The Center For Biological Diversity

A Petition from Southern Arizona Ranchers on Border Security

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A Petition From Southern Arizona Ranchers on Border Security

A group of Southern Arizona ranchers are exercising their First Amendment rights in seeking a redress of grievances from their senators and congressman.

The following is a petition to the federal government written by several ranchers on the Arizona-Mexican border. These ranchers have to deal everyday with illegal crossings and lack of proper infrastructure that would make our southern border more secure. Unlike politicians spouting talking points, these ranchers have first hand knowledge of what is really going on along our southern border. The federal government is failing to adequately protect the private property rights of these ranchers.

One of the ranchers, Jim Chilton, is a friend of mine and I have been on his ranch which lies south of Arivaca, AZ, and extends to the Mexican border. On the ranch, the Mexican border is marked by a four-strand barbed wire fence. That’s all. There are many trails from the border through the ranch. Two years ago Jim set up cameras on two of the trails. During that time the cameras captured approximately 500 trespassers going both north and south. Jim suspects he has recorded drug smugglers. The ranch headquarters has been burglarized twice and often water supply pipes to stock tanks have been broken. The smugglers have free run of the ranch because there is no real barrier.

The Petition:

Whereas, one of the most active drug smuggling and human trafficking corridors in the Nation is the international boundary between Nogales and Sasabe, Arizona;

Whereas, 25 miles along the border area south of Arivaca is marked by only an old four-strand barbed wire cattle fence;

Whereas, the Sinaloa Cartel has control of this 25-mile international boundary and of the thousands of square miles of minimally patrolled ranchland adjacent to it inside the United States, due to lack of adequate border infrastructure, the Border Patrol has been largely restricted to a “Defense in Depth” strategy which is inefficient due to rough terrain and inadequate access and allows the presence of well- equipped cartel scouts on top of our mountains to successfully direct drug and human trafficking;

Whereas, although the Tucson Station Patrol Agent-in-Charge and Border Patrol agents try their best to do their job, the lack of access and infrastructure, cartel scout presence, and rough terrain and inefficient “Defense in Depth” strategy creates a de facto “no man’s land” in which border ranchers live and work;

Whereas, the national Border Patrol Council Vice President, Art del Cueto, has asserted on national television that under the present situation, no more than 50% of illegal crossers are apprehended;

Whereas, Border Patrol agents are headquartered in Tucson, eighty miles and three hours from the border on our ranches and there are no roads paralleling the border and no efficient north-south access for the Border Patrol to respond to incursions; and

Whereas, current “defense in depth” strategy means the Tucson Station Border Patrol agents are dispersed across the 4,000 square miles of area of responsibility and are operating in the “backfield” instead of operating on the 25 linear miles of the actual border;

Therefore be it resolved, Border ranchers petition our government to construct an adequate security barrier such as a Bollard-style fence at the border, good all-weather, well-maintained roads leading to the border and along it, adequate, modern flood gates at water crossings, appropriate surveillance technology to monitor Border Patrol personnel and border status, air mobile support, and reliable communications for Border Patrol agents to call for back-up, and forward operations bases near the border barrier to effectively secure the international boundary between Nogales and Sasabe, Arizona.

The petition is signed by these ranchers: Jim Chilton, Chilton Ranch; Tom Kay, Jarillas Ranch; John R. Smith, Arivaca Ranch; Ted Noon, Oro Blanco Ranch; and Lowell Robinson, Tres Bellotas Ranch.


This post was first published in the Arizona Daily Independent where it received more than 100 comments.

Dereliction of Duty by Congress and Obama

Will Rogers once said, “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” Today, however, we could use more of that government to protect our southern border. One of the prime responsibilities of the federal government is to protect citizens from foreign invasion. And it is the responsibility of our legislators to read and understand bills before they vote, something few did for the “bailout” bill and for Obamacare. We are just now beginning to see the consequences of this dereliction of duty.

Instead of using funds for its prime duties, the Obama administration and Congress spend our money, very inefficiently, on political and politically correct projects.

For instance, how much did the feds spend to fight Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070, a law which was thought necessary by the failure of the feds to do their job? At the same time, the “Justice” Department will not pursue blatant voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party.

More examples:

Government regulations will cost the economy $789 million to establish “critical habitat” for the arroyo toad in California.

Obama has committed $2 billion more of the taxpayers’ money to pursue his solar energy fantasy by subsiding solar plants in Arizona, at a cost of $386,000 per job, which is more than seven times the median household income in this country. Pajamas Media opines, “It would be bad enough for the federal government to subsidize the construction of solar power projects if they worked. It would still be an inefficient use of resources; it would still exceed its constitutionally enumerated powers; it would still be an immoral redistribution of wealth to politically connected companies. But at least in that case American taxpayers, somewhere, might get a Hoover Dam out of the deal. In this instance, that’s simply impossible. There is no known solar technology that can reliably deliver large-scale power in a cost-effective way. There is nothing even in the research stages that promises that result anytime soon… This is nothing less than a sheer waste of public funds to create a mere appearance, a chimera to satisfy the vanity of a powerful Green demagogue longing to appear visionary.”

And unless Congress acts, we are about to pay much more for government. The largest tax hike in history will take place January 1, 2011:

If Congress does not extent or make permanent the “Bush” 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief regulations, all personal income tax rates will rise. The child tax credit will be cut in half, the “death tax” of 55% of inheritances over $1 million will return. Capital gains tax will rise from 15% this year to 20% in 2011. The tax on dividends will rise from 15% this year to 39.6% in 2011.

Obamacare results in twenty new or higher taxes . Congress’ failure to index the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) to inflation will ensnare 28 million middle-class families versus 4 million last year. Taxes will also increase for businesses large and small.

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” –John Marshall

Obama and Congress are shirking their duties and expanding government much beyond Constitutional authority. They seem to have forgotten their oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We should remind them. These practices will ultimately destroy our economy and our freedom.