KEEPING us IN US (Barnett Lawsuit Verdict)
(Updated 2/17/09 5:00 PM ET.. BARNETT VERDICT ... SEE BELOW)
Thursday evening on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Mr. Dobbs had two interesting stories .
The first dealt with American companies, in particular the banking industry which has taken American taxpayer money, but still look for workers from overseas while millions of Americans are unemployed.
During the program the Coalition for the Future American Worker ran a commercial (which can be seen at the link) showing the plight of laid off workers. On it's website one of the many links to supporters of American Workers is the Federation For American Immigration Reform who, among other issues support the continuation of E-Verify.
Within their site was a link to an article by Jack Cafferty on February 12, who I more often disagree with than agree, but in this case I agree 100%. In the posting of the Cafferty File he wrote this :
With the U.S. economy hemorrhaging jobs, it might be time to reconsider this country’s immigration policy.
Meanwhile, there are millions and millions of legal and illegal immigrants who have jobs in this country. These job losses also come at a time when President Obama is under increasing pressure from Hispanic groups, who helped get him elected, to loosen up on the more aggressive immigration policies of the Bush administration. They’re calling on the new president to push for comprehensive reform that would balance law enforcement with new legal avenues to citizenship.
The other story Mr. Dobbs had on the program was about Roger Barnett a rancher near Douglas Arizona who is being sued by 16 illegal Mexican tresspassers into the United States and Mr. Barnett's ranch.
The Mexicans are represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in a federal lawsuit and seek $32 million dollars in actual and punitive damages and cliam Barnett acted illegally in a 2004 encounter.
To quote part of a Washington Times article:
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 22,000 arce 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.
The trial is currently going on in Tucson and may come to a conclusion Friday.
And it could be precedent setting in as much does someone, in this case an American, have the right to protect his own property against illegal trespassers and violators of a Country's border within accordance to law ?
At this link you will find more information about "Desert Invasion" and photos of illegals on Mr. Barnett's ranch.
As one neighbor and supporter of Mr. Barnett when interviewed on camera put it "We don't have rights as Americans in our own country anymore ".
Mexican Trespassers vs Roger Barnett Federal Lawsuit
CNN/Lou Dobbs report (2/12/09)
Who's watching the Southern Border ? (link)
Mexican illegals, "Coyotes", the "invasion" trails and sites ... on video
BACKGROUND STORY ON DOUGLAS, AZ BORDER PROBLEMS WITH VIDEO (note: on page click box that reads "Douglas hot spot for smuggling and violence" ... story will run after commercial) KVOA-Tucson (2/2/09)
BACKGROUND STORY .... KOLD-Tucson ...... 77 border crossers arrested (2/9/09)
BACKGROUND STORY .... "Meet the man who runs the busiest stretch of the border" The Arizona Republic (2/8/09)
While we wait for more updates, here's some perspective from the Arizona Press (on newspaper websites be sure to check the comments by readers) ...............
UPDATE: 2/13/09 7:25 PM (ET) according to Lou Dobb's Tonight ... the case is now in the hands of the jury. According to the local Tucson press jury deliberations will continue on Tuesday.
UPDATE: 2/17/09 5:00 PM (ET) Barnett gets split verdict as follows according to 790 KNST:
Following a trial that lasted two weeks in Tucson, a Federal jury has found Douglas rancher Roger Barnett liable for assault and emotional distress on a group of 16 illegal aliens.
But the jury also decided that Barnett did not violate the civil rights of the illegals.
And, the jury decided that Barnett was not liable on claims of battery and false imprisonment.
The border crossers were seeking $32 million in damages against the rancher. The jury said Barnett would be liable for $78,000.
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