Roger Barnett,64 out of Douglas Arizona has shown us what it means to stick to your convictions. For over ten years he has been rounding up illegal aliens that have been crossing the border through his property. He detains them and calls the Border Patrol to come pick them up. Just a man doing the right thing, defending his property and helping the Border Patrol, right? Not according to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), who are representing sixteen illegal aliens that are suing Mr. Barnett for 32 million dollars.
It appears that Mr. Barnett has been having this trouble for some time. The trespassers, ooops, I mean immigrants, would litter his property with trash and human waste, kill livestock and damage equipment. He has turned over 12,000 people over to the Border Patrol. Law Enforcement being reactive and not proactive have, in my opinion, allowed this problem to escalate to where it is today. So whats a law abiding property owner to do? Patrol your own land, of course. Spend $30,000 to install motion detectors on your property, this way you have advanced warning and can be proactive.
MALDEF says that these criminals are according the rights of citizens under the 14th amendment. I can see their logic, however, a mans home is his castle and he has the right to defend his life and property from harm. These people were knowingly breaking the law and if they are going to be afforded protections under the Constitution they should be prosecuted under it as well.
I applaud Mr. Maldoff for doing the right thing, even if it is not popular with everyone, seldom is the right thing popular. He is a shining example of what is right with this country, sticking up for yourself, and seeing it through to the end.