When people talk about securing the border, many talk about it in terms of a line and in terms of statistics. But Arizona rancher Jim Chilton knows the border first hand and what the failure to secure it means. It’s his backyard and he’s seen the people streaming across it including human strugglers and drug cartel members. And he has the videos to prove it.
Chilton has a 50,000-acre spread along the U.S.-Mexico border. And that comes with a lot of problems.
From Daily Caller:
A fifth-generation cattleman, the 79-year-old Chilton has long warned the government about the dangers of leaving lengthy stretches of the southwest border secured by nothing more than a barbed wire fence. To prove his point, he set up surveillance cameras throughout his property to document the comings and goings of trespassers from south of the border.
Chilton shared his videos with the Daily Caller News Foundation who were in Arizona to document what was going on at the border and the crime.
The DCNF also got videos from Tim Foley, the founder of Arizona Border Recon.
They put them together in this video which shows 25 straight minutes of people streaming illegally into the country.
The surveillance videos, which are mostly from 2018 but also date back to 2016, show an unrelenting stream of alleged cartel scouts, drug mules and human smugglers — known as coyotes — using secret trails to work their way into the interior of the state. Many of the trespassers tote long guns and sport military-style camouflage, posing a threat Chilton knows from firsthand experience.
Chilton explained how a border patrol agent had actually been shot on his land by people illegally crossing the border.
He said the wall was desperately needed there.
From Washington Times:
“President Trump needs to complete the wall and fill the 25-mile gap, and move the Border Patrol to the international boundary rather than be located 80 miles from the boundary,” Mr. Chilton told The Washington Times by telephone.
CBP officials declined to comment on the gap in a wall along that part of the border.
The shooting took place about 10 miles north of the border in exceptionally rough terrain. The closest town is Arivaca.
Brandon Judd, a Border Patrol agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the area “is one of our most dangerous stretches on the border,” and it cries out for Mr. Trump’s wall.
“If we would have had walls in this location, this shooting would have never taken place,” he said.