STILL THEY COME

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.

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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.”

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