Residents and law enforcement officials on the dangerous border of Cochise County, Ariz., are disgusted they have been left out of Washington’s discussions on immigration reform and border security, and called out Sen. Marco Rubio and others for attempting to legislate an issue they know “nothing about.”
“Home invasions, burglary, theft, destruction of private property — and a constant fear that it’s only going to get worse — is something Cochise County border residents live with daily,” The Blaze reported.
Sheriff Mark Dannels criticized the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill on immigration saying it wasn’t “good enough” and didn’t address the serious security issues residents face every day.
Dannels anger is directed at lawmakers who spent little to no time on the border seeing firsthand the advanced drug, weapons and human trafficking, and who never reached out to border residents to hear their concerns on security.
“I say to myself, ‘Rubio, you’re making decisions for me, for my state, for my county, my city when you haven’t even been here – what an insult, what do you know about our border? You know nothing about our border. Yet you’re making those decisions without even speaking to us,’” Dannels told The Blaze.
While it appears many Cochise County residents have given up on the Senate immigration bill solving any real problems, hope for true reform now rests with the House’s version of the immigration bill, which “makes more sense than the Gang of Eight bill,” Dannels said.
But local ranchers, like John Ladd, have “very little faith” in the federal government securing the border, and some only spoke to The Blaze anonymously for fear of retaliation from drug cartels.
According to the article:
Like many of the residents in the area, Ladd, a third generation Cochise rancher, lamented the days when drug cartels didn’t threaten his way of life. His ranch runs 10 miles along the south border and to the north it sits on state route 92. Ladd estimates that 32 trucks have illegally crossed from Mexico through his property since January.
He counts the tire tracks. Ladd’s also come face to face with the trucks on his ranch and watched as they made their way to route 92. He says the calls to federal law enforcement fall on deaf ears and they rarely if ever show up to check out his claims.
“We don’t even know what or who was in those semis that crossed my property,” said Ladd. “Homeland Security is the most inept federal bureaucracy. They lie when they tell the American people the border is more secure today than it ever has been.”
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