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Friday, February 13, 2009
Man makes 12,000 citizen's arrests of illegal aliens
This is the undefended US border with Mexico
Where's a cop or soldier when you need one?
GREAT job by an EX-deputy!
So the illegal aliens sued him for $30-million. It's not the first time.
I hope he countersues Mexico and Homeland "Security".
Clear Channel Jews fund 700 billboards in Lost Angeles
promoting Civil War, but ZERO arrests for TREASON
Roger Barnett turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998
16 illegals sue Arizona rancher
Claim violation of rights as they crossed his land
CIA Moonie Washington Times
February 9, 2009
An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.
His Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz., is known by federal and county law enforcement authorities as "the avenue of choice" for immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.
Illegal alien student gang raised Mexican flag at US high school
Trial continues Monday in the federal lawsuit, which seeks $32 million in actual and punitive damages for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other crimes. Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The civil trial is expected to continue until Friday.
The lawsuit is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in a dry wash on the 22,000-acre ranch, when he approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by a large dog.
Attorneys for the immigrants - five women and 11 men who were trying to cross illegally into the United States - have accused Mr. Barnett of holding the group captive at gunpoint, threatening to turn his dog loose on them and saying he would shoot anyone who tried to escape.
The immigrants are represented at trial by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which also charged that Sheriff Dever did nothing to prevent Mr. Barnett from holding their clients at "gunpoint, yelling obscenities at them and kicking one of the women."
In the lawsuit, MALDEF said Mr. Barnett approached the group as the immigrants moved through his property, and that he was carrying a pistol and threatening them in English and Spanish. At one point, it said, Mr. Barnett's dog barked at several of the women and he yelled at them in Spanish, "My dog is hungry and he's hungry for buttocks."
The lawsuit said he then called his wife and two Border Patrol agents arrived at the site. It also said Mr. Barnett acknowledged that he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.
In March, U.S. District Judge John Roll rejected a motion by Mr. Barnett to have the charges dropped, ruling there was sufficient evidence to allow the matter to be presented to a jury. Mr. Barnett's attorney, David Hardy, had argued that illegal immigrants did not have the same rights as U.S. citizens.
Mr. Barnett told The Washington Times in a 2002 interview that he began rounding up illegal immigrants after they started to vandalize his property, northeast of Douglas along Arizona Highway 80. He said the immigrants tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home.
Some of his cattle died from ingesting the plastic bottles left behind by the immigrants, he said, adding that he installed a faucet on an 8,000-gallon water tank so the immigrants would stop damaging the tank to get water.
Mr. Barnett said some of the ranch´s established immigrant trails were littered with trash 10 inches deep, including human waste, used toilet paper, soiled diapers, cigarette packs, clothes, backpacks, empty 1-gallon water bottles, chewing-gum wrappers and aluminum foil - which supposedly is used to pack the drugs the immigrant smugglers give their "clients" to keep them running.
He said he carried a pistol during his searches for the immigrants and had a rifle in his truck "for protection" against immigrant and drug smugglers, who often are armed.
ASSOCIATED PRESS DEFENDANT: Roger Barnett said he had turned over 12,000 illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol since 1998.
A former Cochise County sheriff´s deputy who later was successful in the towing and propane business, Mr. Barnett spent $30,000 on electronic sensors, which he has hidden along established trails on his ranch. He searches the ranch for illegal immigrants in a pickup truck, dressed in a green shirt and camouflage hat, with his handgun and rifle, high-powered binoculars and a walkie-talkie.
His sprawling ranch became an illegal-immigration highway when the Border Patrol diverted its attention to several border towns in an effort to take control of the established ports of entry. That effort moved the illegal immigrants to the remote areas of the border, including the Cross Rail Ranch.
"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."
This wall is what your US taxdollars buys in Jewish Israel to keep Palestinan Christian Semites in concentration camps inside their own damn nation. But those same US politicians refuse to build a wall or fence to defend USA from foreign invasion of 50-million criminals already inside USA.
Testimony Begins in Roger Barnett's Trial
Grandfather gives tearful testimony; sides make opening statements
Sierra Vista Herald
November 15, 2006
BISBEE — Arturo Morales began to sob as he told jurors how he tried to console his young granddaughter and her friend as a furious Roger Barnett, handgun holstered at his side, told them to get off his property or he would start shooting.
“They were asking, ‘Why does he want to kill us?’ and I just held their hands,” said the 59-year-old Morales, one of the plaintiffs in a civil trial accusing Barnett of terrorizing a hunting party during an incident in 2004.
“I could not stop them,” Morales continued, “honest to God, I could not stop them, they were crying so much.”
Morales told the Superior Court jury that he and his son, Ronald Morales, were taking his two granddaughters, ages 9 and 11, and an 11-year-old friend on their first hunting trip when he encountered Roger Barnett’s brother, Donald Barnett, in an undeveloped area northeast of Douglas.
“I tried to explain to him that we had permission, that we had a pass (to be on the land),” Arturo Morales said. “But he said I was in the wrong place.”
Donald Barnett told Arturo Morales to leave the property, which he said belonged to the Barnetts. But Morales explained that his son and one of the girls had gone off looking for deer, and that he couldn’t leave until they returned.
Donald Barnett then drove off to examine an access gate that the elder Morales told him had been left open. A few minutes later, as Arturo Morales waited for the two hunters to return, Roger Barnett drove up.
“He said, ‘Get the (expletive) out of here or I’m going to start shooting,” Arturo Morales said. “He accused me of taking down his (no trespassing) sign, and he said that I was an (expletive) ignorant Mexican.”
Arturo Morales said he told Roger Barnett that he was waiting for his son and granddaughter, and he began honking the horn of his truck to get their attention. When they finally arrived, Ronald Morales asked Barnett what his name was.
At that point, according plaintiffs’ attorney Jesus Romo Vejar, Barnett ran to his truck, took out an AR-15 assault rifle, chambered the weapon, and said: “My name is Roger (expletive) Barnett and I’m going to shoot you.”
The family then left the area, called 911 and later filed a complaint with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office. When the county attorney decided not to press charges in the case, the Morales’, with the help of the Tucson-based civil rights group Border Action Network, filed a civil claim against Barnett.
The suit accused Barnett of assault, false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and asked for $200,000 in damages.
Arturo Morales testified Tuesday that since the run-in with Roger Barnett on Oct. 30, 2004, he has suffered loss of sleep, sexual dysfunction, an aversion to guns and a general sense of anxiety. He said his granddaughters continue to live in fear of Barnett and refuse to hunt again.
During cross-examination, however, defense attorney John Kelliher asked the elder Morales why, if the episode had affected his life so adversely, he had never sought medical or psychological treatment. And he pointed out that while Arturo Morales testified that he was now afraid of guns, he acknowledged he had gone on hunting excursions since the 2004 incident.
Kelliher also noted that Morales had made previous statements that his 9-year-old granddaughter started crying not because she thought Barnett would shoot her, but because she was afraid her grandfather was going to be arrested.
And the attorney hammered away at the fact that Morales, an experienced hunter with a long history in the area, was never certain as to whose land he was on.
During his opening remarks to the jury, Kelliher said only one member of the Morales party had a valid license to hunt on Oct. 30, 2004. He noted that the date marked the first day of hunting season, and that Roger Barnett has a long-established history of not allowing hunters to use his land without written permission.
Furthermore, Kelliher said Arturo Morales had had a previous encounter with Roger Barnett in which he was cited by a sheriff’s deputy for hunting on Barnett’s property. Therefore, the attorney said, Morales knew well before the 2004 confrontation that Barnett restricted hunting on his ranch.
Arturo Morales, however, testified the incident prior to 2004 had involved a Barnett sibling and not Roger Barnett himself. And the Morales’ claim asserts that the land in question was not the rancher’s private property, but state-leased land, which made it permissible for them to hunt there.
Both parties have promised to present evidence proving their interpretation of the land’s status.
As for the confrontation between Roger Barnett and Arturo and Ronald Morales, Kelliher acknowledged the situation became heated and that it involved people carrying guns. But he said evidence would show the dispute was a two-way exchange that did not incriminate his client more so than the Morales adults.
“I don’t doubt that there were words exchanged,” Kelliher said. “What I do doubt is that Roger Barnett threatened to kill anybody.”
One issue auspiciously absent from Tuesday’s proceedings was illegal immigration.
Roger Barnett estimates he has made citizen’s arrests of more than 12,000 illegal border-crossers who have trespassed on his ranch since 1996. In the process, he has become both revered and reviled in the border issues debate.
Starting in 2003, the Border Action Network and other civil rights groups began targeting Barnett with civil claims such as the Morales suit in an effort to drain the rancher’s coffers and expose what they say is a pattern of racially motivated vigilantism.
But in a pre-trial ruling, Judge James Conlogue precluded from evidence hundreds of pages of law enforcement reports dealing with Barnett’s apprehensions of illegal immigrants. Romo Vejar may only present the documents to impeach contradictory statements by witnesses.
The Morales-Barnett trial continues today at 9 a.m. at the Cochise County Superior Courthouse in Bisbee.