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16 illegals sue Arizona rancher

Discussion in 'Illegal Immigration Issues' started by kwflatbed, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    ASSOCIATED PRESS DEFENDANT: Roger Barnett said he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.

    Claim violation of rights as they crossed his land

    Jerry Seper (Contact)
    Monday, February 9, 2009

    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.
    Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.
    The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.
    Attorneys for the immigrants - five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States - have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
    The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at "gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women."
    In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett's dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."
    The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.
    In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett's attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.
    Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.
    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.
    His sprawling ranch became an illegal-immigration highway when the Border Patrol diverted its attention to several border towns in an effort to take control of the established ports of entry. That effort moved the illegal immigrants to the remote areas of the border, including the Cross Rail Ranch.
    "This is my land. I´m the victim here," Mr. Barnett said. "When someone´s home and loved ones are in jeopardy and the government seemingly can´t do anything about it, I feel justified in taking matters into my own hands. And I always watch my back."

  2. 8MORE

    8MORE MassCops Angel

    This man is protecting his land and cattle, Doing a valuable service to his country in the process and this judge is letting this b/s go forward. :NO:
  3. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    I really hope the ACLJ and other pro-American groups get involved with this.
  4. HousingCop

    HousingCop Czar of Cyncism and Satire

    Roger Barnett = American Hero. Keep up the great work my friend & don't let this frivelous lawsuit get you down. You should countersue the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for defamation of character and those trespassers for damaging your property.
  5. Johnny Law

    Johnny Law Nemo me impune lacessit Staff Member

    The guy is a hero, they should pay him.
  6. CJIS

    CJIS MassCops Member

    What civil rights? Mexico gives its people civil rights? They can't be talking about Civil rights US citizens get because they are not citizens... Im confused.
  7. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

    CJIS, I am confused also:

    civil rights
    –plural noun (often initial capital letters[​IMG]) 1.rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and certain Congressional acts, esp. as applied to an individual or a minority group.2.the rights to full legal, social, and economic equality extended to blacks.
  8. GreenMachine

    GreenMachine Infidel

    "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."

    I wonder what he feeds that thing!
  9. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    illegal immigrants I hope
  10. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    Hw should sue the US govt for having to do their job.Im sure he'd rather not have to patrol and waste his money on things that he already pays taxes for.
  11. csauce777

    csauce777 Supporting Member

    Theyre lucky he turns them over alive. Shitbirds.
  12. Killjoy

    Killjoy Zombie Hunter

    That's true, he could have just shot them and buried them in the desert...who would have found them?
  13. Barbrady

    Barbrady MassCops Member

    Lesson learned.
  14. DJM1968

    DJM1968 MassCops Member

    Words cannot express...


    In the words of Lucy van Pelt: "Somebody stop the planet--I wanna get off!"
  15. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    12,000 illegals...that's a lot of digging.
  16. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

    [​IMG] What...like I never dug a hole..get the shovels and lime.
  17. militia_man

    militia_man MassCops Member

    Come on guys. You are getting a little too extreme. I'm sure your comments are in jest, but there are prying eyes on this board that would take your comments seriously.
  18. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

    Yes...of course I personally am 100 percent kidding...killing someone for being an illegal is ridiculous...So for the record ..having them escorted to the border and giving them a DD waffle sandwich would be just fine.
  19. OfficerObie59

    OfficerObie59 Public Trough Feeder

    Give the guy a medal.
  20. ddp335

    ddp335 MassCops Member

    so he is being sued for holding trespassers at gunpoint until the authorities arrive? i dont see how this is even an issue

    and how are they still in the country using the court system to their benefit? their asses should have been tossed back over the fence as soon as the border patrol got them
  21. Tuna

    Tuna Always entertained

    This guy should be on the cover of Time Mag. "Person of the Year". Oh wait Time is a liberial rag.
  22. militia_man

    militia_man MassCops Member

    Now you're talking! That new DD waffle sandwich is strangely tasty.
  23. csauce777

    csauce777 Supporting Member

    Really? What if the illegal, trespassing, assaultive, drug and weapon smuggling, possibly armed and dangerous criminal aliens entering your property, with what YOU PERCEIVED to be intentions of raping and murdering your family and ransacking your home, were killed in the course of you defending said family and home?? I bet thats what his statement to Border Patrol officers and the Sheriff would say.
  24. militia_man

    militia_man MassCops Member

    Relax csauce, I wasn't trying to make a touchy-feely liberal comment there, but I was pointing out that some of those comments could be taken out of context by others reading this. Of course that rancher has a right to protect his interests, but some comments seemed to be suggesting a shoot all illegals on sight approach. I'm sure they were only made in jest, or out of anger that this guy is being sued just for protecting his property.

    I don't agree with illegal immigration, but I can't blame someone for wanting to come here, work hard, and live a better life. Many of these immigrants do hard work that most Americans want nothing to do with. I know there are exceptions, but an argument could be made that the hard working illegal immigrants (not the ones that turn into moochers and criminals) contribute more to our society then the millions of American citizen moochers collecting SSI for their "disability", living in section 8 housing, and buying groceries with their EBT cards, while supplementing their income with drug dealing and stealing.
  25. 21 Bravo

    21 Bravo New Member

    This is what happens when you live next to a country which uses its northern border as an economic pressure valve to rid itself of excess population. Mexico needs to stop being so concerned with how to get its people into another country and more concerned with dealing with internal economic and political corruption issues. Ultra liberal interest groups on this side of the border should try reading the dictionary

    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal
    Date: 1538
    : not according to or authorized by law : unlawful , illicit ; also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

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