Beefing up the border

05/14/2014 5:36 PM

05/14/2014 5:37 PM

How many examples do we need to prove our government only knows how to throw money at problems and never gets anything right? (“Keep beefing up border patrol? Some Arizona ranchers say no,” April 30.)

Ranchers say border patrol agents are deployed in the wrong places, usually away from the border. Most Border Patrol checkpoints are miles inland. Patrol vehicles zoom across their ranches, ripping up roads and tearing down fences. Repairing the damage is costly.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said, “Occasionally problems do arise.”

Sen. John McCain said more agents isn’t answer. (Although he sought to increase the Border Patrol to 40,000 agents.)

Rancher Ed Ashurst said that most illegal aliens are near points of entry, not on his ranch.

Keep your eyes on our government. You will always be amazed.

— Don Phillips, Fort Worth

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