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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Arizona Ranchers See A Lot To Like In Trump's Border Plan
Ranchers who live near the border fence in southern Arizona have to deal with Mexican drug smugglers and migrants cutting illegally through their property. One of those ranchers is John Ladd, who owns San Jose Ranch outside Naco, Arizona, about two hours south of Tucson.
The smugglers tear down cattle gates and bust up pipes to get clean water in the desert. Many believe Donald Trump’s border security plan — building a bigger wall, creating a deportation force and increasing the number of federal agents who work in the area — is the best solution to their problems.
Interview Highlights: John Ladd
On how drug smugglers interact with the border fence
is, because of that corridor coming through here, they cut the fence to
start with, and then you fix it everyday, and they cut it the next
morning. And so when they really want to make you aware that they're
coming through here, they just break the posts.
this is their way of telling me, 'We want this area. Don't fix it.' I
did, for 20 years. But I can't do it, I've got other things to do
besides fixing fences every day."
On his personal experiences with border security
think if there is one story, it's these people come through me every
day and do this kind of damage, but they go live in other parts [of the
country] — they're in every city in America now. So welcome to America —
if that's what you really want, these people coming in and living next
to you, so be it. They do a lot of damage getting here."
On Trump's proposal to build a border wall
think it's a play on words. I think he's gonna do it with economic
sanctions — he's going to wall the U.S., Mexico, and what he says, 'Make
Mexico pay for it?' It's going to be in a tariff, and that goes back to
all the American companies that have moved into Mexico because of cheap
labor. So I don't believe he's gonna build a 50-foot wall. I don't
think that's what he really means."