Cultural Revolutions

Su Rancho Es Mi Rancho

Reading the newspapers, I wonder which straw will break the camel’s back when it comes to illegal immigration.  What will finally cause Americans to rise up and take back their country?  The tenth family killed by an illegal-alien drunk driver?  The 100th housewife butchered by an illegal-alien murderer?  Or the next lawsuit that awards damages to illegal aliens after they have trespassed and vandalized a citizen’s property?

It’s happened again.  Sixteen illegals, represented by the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, sued rancher Roger Barnett in federal court for $32 million.  In 2004, he collared the border jumpers and held them at gunpoint on his Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Arizona, until the Border Patrol arrived.  One of them was a previously deported dope dealer.  Since 1998, he has detained 12,000 for the Border Patrol.  Illegals have trashed his property, killed livestock, stolen trucks, and even broken into his home.  Because they kept wrecking an 8,000-gallon water tank, he installed a faucet so they could get something to drink.

Still, in February, the jury in the case awarded four of the plaintiffs a total of $78,000: $7,500 apiece for two of them because Barnett inflicted “emotional distress,” $1,400 each for two more because of his “assault,” and $60,000 in punitive damages.  Barnett considers this an “80 percent victory”...

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