STILL THEY COME
Illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border into the United States are “everywhere you look; they’re just everywhere.”
“I cannot believe how many are coming through right now,” says Arizona rancher Roger Barnett, who just two weeks ago, after a nine-day federal jury trial, was found not to have violated the civil rights of 16 Mexican nationals he held at gunpoint at his ranch until authorities arrived.
“I followed protocol just like Border Patrol does it,” Mr. Barnett tells this columnist in an interview (hear it in its entirety on Inside the Beltway Radio at www.washingtontimes.com). Nevertheless, the border crossers, who had sought $32 million in damages, were awarded $78,000 for “emotional distress,” among other claims.
Mr. Barnett says he will appeal the decision and also seek attorney fees.
Otherwise, the rancher says, a few of the illegal immigrants have become so brazen they’ve erected ramps atop the U.S. government’s border wall and are “driving over it.”
“The fence built south of my ranch is only a vehicle barrier,” Mr. Barnett notes, pointing out that individuals easily scoot under or scale the wall. “Lately, they are putting up ramps and driving over it,” he said.
“Our government hasn’t solved the problem yet,” the rancher concludes. “Six [illegal immigrants] just yesterday were walking up to the house.” Buchanan has come up with a dandy quote attributed to geostrategist James Burnham, which we suggest can be affixed to any number of the quandaries our country faces today: “Where there is no solution, there is no problem.”
Date by which the head of Russia’s foreign-service academy says the United States will have totally disintegrated: July 4, 2010
Number of times that Caroline Kennedy said “you know” during a 45-minute interview with the New York Times: 138.
Coddling killers: Rep. Peter T. King, just back from a fact-finding trip to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says terrorism suspects being held there “are being treated far better than they should be.”