A Rancher’s Personal Border Battle
Arizona rancher Ed Ashurst shares his concerns over ongoing criminal activity occurring on his property, including federal lands where he holds grazing permits. Ashurst is a neighbor of slain Arizona rancher Robert Krentz.
John Hook, KSAZ Fox 10
This Arizona rancher is on the front lines of the border battle, living not far from a nearly non-existent border fence east of Douglas in the southeastern part of the state.
"The crime in my neighborhood is tenfold of what it was five years ago," said Ashurst.
It's where cowboys and their families deal with illegal aliens, drug runners, and thieves – something they never expected to live with, but now have to fight.
When Ed Ashurst hears the statistics that border crime is going down, he says, the crime in his neighborhood is tenfold what it was five years ago.
FOX 10's John Hook reports.
NOTE: Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) has introduced legislation [H.R. 5016] that would provide the U.S. Border Patrol with the same levels of accessibility on federal lands as they currently have on private property. Currently, the U.S. Border Patrol is restricted from routinely patrolling federally owned land along the border. Their presence on state land and private property, coupled with lack of access to federal lands, has resulted in drug smugglers and other dangerous criminals co-opting federally owned and managed lands as their trafficking superhighways into the U.S.