Feb 09 2019

NMCGA Border Wall Statement

New Mexico and Arizona border ranchers have serious security concerns on the Mexican border that reach well beyond immigration and border wall issues.

 The New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association has had a member murdered on the Arizona side. Another member had an employee kidnapped, beaten and held for days at gun point. No one is safe without a gun moving around their home, barns, corrals and pastures.

 Ranchers empathize and sympathize with those who are seeking asylum. Historically the practice on border ranches was to provide food and water for folks coming across the border. Today that is not safe due to the size and number of groups along with the volume of drugs coming across the border.

 But while immigration and the wall dominate the national scene and media, we here at home must have safety and security for our children, families and property.

Caren Cowan, Executive Director
New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association