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    16 illegals sue Arizona rancher, claim violation of rights as they crossed his land..

    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.


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

    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."
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    With this shit and the actual drug/gang wars taking place on the border(which are not widely reported by our objective media), who the fuck would want to stay there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal1800 View Post
    With this shit and the actual drug/gang wars taking place on the border(which are not widely reported by our objective media), who the fuck would want to stay there?
    Because it's his and he probably paid for it, or is at least paying taxes on it. He should have the right to defend his property, especially if they are damaging it.

    If these attorneys are successful in suing Mr. Barnett, it will set a very dangerous precedent in this country. They need to be stopped and a little common sense needs to be injected back into this country.
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    Ok, you guys know me as far as the immigration thing is concerned. I'm a huge proponent of making it much easier for people to come across and work and live etc. You guys also know I'm pretty sympathetic to the plight of those that are here under the radar and the sacrifices they make etc.

    HOWEVER...this is just retarded!! I don't think coming across the border should be illegal but I certainly think TRESPASSING and fucking some dude's property up should be. You can't sue someone for stopping you from committing a crime!! My god...this world...it's like bizarro world where everything is backwards and upside down!!!

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    How do illegal immigrants have civil rights? Diplomatic immunity maybe, but civil rights? No.

    Speaking of illegal immigration. I met a man in Yuma AZ that was part of one of those volunteer organizations that patrol the border and call the authorities when they spot someone. He said that there are a lot of drug smugglers that try to cross.

    Also.. he said that they caught a LOT of people that aren't Mexicans. He caught a dude from Africa, Iran, and a dude from Iraq with a Koran and a prayer rug. Not that those items are bad, but it does make you wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xaminer View Post
    How do illegal immigrants have civil rights? Diplomatic immunity maybe, but civil rights? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    If these attorneys are successful in suing Mr. Barnett, it will set a very dangerous precedent in this country.
    The precedent's already been set. A rancher in Texas lost his his ranch a few years ago after losing a court case under pretty much the same circumstances. He had to sell his ranch to pay damages, I believe is what happened. Can't remember the guy's name, I'll look for it.
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    So I guess as a US Citizen living along the US Mexico border you are to lay down and watch the law be broken day after day. You are supposed to allow these dirt bags to destroy your property, put you and your families lives in danger and do nothing. It must be extremely difficult to live there and obey the law at the same time. They should be happy this guy isn't shooting them all one by one and leaving their bodies along the border on the Mexico side.
    You can guarantee that if they win this law suit and some how take this guys land that will be a highway for illegals to enter this country and they will probably sue the US gov't for trying to stop illegals from entering on their land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Because it's his and he probably paid for it, or is at least paying taxes on it. He should have the right to defend his property, especially if they are damaging it.

    If these attorneys are successful in suing Mr. Barnett, it will set a very dangerous precedent in this country. They need to be stopped and a little common sense needs to be injected back into this country.
    I'm married to a Mexican woman, yet totally feel Mr. Barnett is well within his rights, but the sad reality is that he will be the one losing this case.

 

 

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