“Calling Washington Home to the Border” Event Draws Hundreds

Over 600 ranchers and their friends and families attended the “Calling Washington Home to the Border” event on March 10 in Animas, New Mexico. The event, sponsored by the New Mexico and Arizona Cattle Grower’s Associations, featured presentations from local land owners, business owners, and concerned citizens who live and work along the US/Mexico border.

Erica Valdez, the event’s organizer, had hoped to gather a diverse group of panelists that represented the rich history of those who have worked the land along the international boundary for generations. She succeeded and due to that success, she was forced to change the venue at the last minute from the Animas Community Center to the Animas High School Auditorium to accommodate the peaceful crowd.

Listen to Erica Valdez discuss the event with James T. Harris here

Panelists included Sue Krentz, widow of Rob who was murdered by an illegal alien. Sue and her son Frank presented on the topic: It’s all Irrelative Until It Is Your Relative.

William Hurt, whose family started ranching in New Mexico in 1909, presented on the topic: Ranching on the Border Today.

Dr. Gary Thrasher, a beloved veterinarian who works with ranchers on both sides of the border, presented on the topic: Animal Health and Border Relations.

Trisha Elbrock and her son Bunch Swift, whose employee of their water system and septic service company was recently kidnapped by cartel members while he was working in the field addressed the topic: Economic Impacts on Border Businesses.

Loren Cushman, Superintendent of Animas Public Schools, addressed the topic: Public School Safety Concerns.

Arizona Rancher Ed Ashurst, author of Alligators in the Moat: Politics and the Mexican Border, discussed Federal Government Cover Ups: What They Don’t Want You to Know.

The audience included New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, and staff from the offices of U.S. senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and John McCain. New Mexico Agriculture Secretary Jeff Witte, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero, Luna County Sheriff John Mooradian, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels, and Susan Tully from FAIR were also in attendance along with representatives from the U.S. Army and National Guard.

Listen to Susan Tully discuss the event with James T. Harris here

Although they all shared different experiences and perspectives one singular message came through; return the Border Patrol agents to the border. Currently, agents are primarily stationed approximately 30 miles north of the border leaving the residents vulnerable to the bloodthirsty cartels.

This week, we will highlight each panelist’s presentation. Check back tomorrow for – It’s all Irrelative Until It Is Your Relative.

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  1. I wonder how many times the subject of the stupid fence came up. That fence is going to do nothing but slow them down and still sometimes get away. Seen it with my own eyes. The only way to fix the problem is by taking their magnet away. Go after the employers and the benefits, including birth rights. I wish people stopped mentioning that stupid fence.

  2. In addition to all of the above in attendance, members of the Oath Keepers and Constitutional Sheriffs Assoc. were there to show their support for the victimized ranchers/farmers and residents of the small communities along the border. Future assistance from these groups is being planned to increase area security in effort to give the area residents some piece of mind and allow them to live in relative peace.

  3. The R and the D party are bringing ethnic cleansing and job destruction to America. Why won’t the media ask them why they are destroying our country?

  4. There are fewer BP agents patrolling the border now than there were three weeks ago. Their failure to patrol the border is because of the corruption and failure of leadership in DC. Hang in guys and gals– change is coming.

  5. It is not only imperative to return the border patrol agents to the border, but also to have National Guard/Army troops on a continual training basis all along the border practicing on how to best defend OUR NATION against ALL invaders, which includes the Criminal, Illegal, Alien, Invaders, and trained how to use deadly force if attacked in any manner by the invaders…..Go Trump.

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