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Showdown In Nevada Between Rancher and the Feds

Armed federal agents from the FBI and Bureau of Land Management have surrounded a ranch in Nevada in order to protect an endangered tortoise.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

His wife, Carol Bundy, said that roughly 200 armed agents from the BLM and FBI are stationed around their land, located about 75 miles outside of Las Vegas. Helicopters circle the premises, and the airspace and nearby roads remain blocked.

As of Monday, officials have seized 234 of Bundy’s 908 cattle. Impounding the cattle alone could cost the government as much as $3 million.

When the priority of the government goes this far astray is when people get hurt. Let’s hope the situation is resolved in a just manner.

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Old News? Rancher sued by illegal aliens who trespassed on his land

"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."

“Roger Barnett owns a 22,000 acre ranch (35 square miles) along the border in southeastern Arizona. The ranch lies from 2 to 5 miles from the Mexican border. In the past 6 1/2 years, Roger Barnett, with only the help of his wife and brother, has apprehended nearly 12,000 illegal aliens on his ranch. Mr. Barnett has testified before Congress on the illegal immigration problem. No action has been taken.

Then he was sued by 16 illegal aliens he found and detained on his property.

Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), February 18, 2009. The jury in Tucson rejected nearly all of the substantive claims brought by MALDEF against the Arizona rancher in 2004. Federal district judge John M. Roll also threw out related conspiracy complaints against Mr. Barnett’s wife Barbara and his brother Donald, and dismissed the claims brought by ten illegal aliens who did not testify in court.”

Ranching is tough enough without having to deal with thousands of illegal alien trespassers – I bring up this bit of recent history as a reminder: this has been an on-going problem for years and even when the trespassers are not drug cartel killers, it is something that should have been stopped long ago.

Clearly, the Federal Government has not stepped up to the plate, they need to get out of the way of the States if they are not going to help.

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