Arizona ranchers fired back at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her inane criticism of President Trump’s border wall as “immoral,” “expensive” and “unwise.”
Ranchers John Ladd and Fred Davis totally disagree with Pelosi’s claim that “the president is expressing a sign of weakness” by demanding a wall be built on the U.S.-Mexico border. The California Democrat slammed the president’s proposal in an NBC interview Sunday.
The Arizona ranchers had both invited Pelosi to visit their properties firsthand.
“She didn’t show up,” Ladd said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. She did not give a reason for declining and in fact, Ladd added, “she never responded.”
Davis, who runs a ranch just miles away from Mexico near Tombstone, Arizona, challenged Pelosi’s argument that Trump’s wall will split the communities in the area.
“All the communities that I know about, all of the cities along the border already have high fences,” Davis said.
The wall is necessary, however, in the outlying areas that only have barbed wire fences that don’t deter illegal immigrants from entering the country, he noted.
Ladd explained that he has seen a 90 to 95 percent drop in illegal immigrant border crossings since Trump won the election. At the San Jose Ranch on the border where Ladd raises beef cattle, an existing fence on the property from 2006 is currently being replaced with an 18-foot-high Ballard fence.
“With that activity, it’s almost nonexistent to see an illegal anymore,” he said.
Ladd added that in the last 30 years, US Border Patrol agents have “caught half a million people” on his ranch property.
“The wall itself is just a tool in the kit, but you’ve gotta put boots on the ground to go with it to make it effective,” Davis said, explaining the necessity for the structure. “And that’s been part of the problem on what places they have a wall now.”
Democrats have continued to declare they would not allow funding for the president’s proposed border wall, threatening a government shutdown. During a press briefing on Monday, CNN’s Jim Acosta asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer why the wall was even necessary given the administration’s claim that the number of illegal crossings had declined.
Trump called the Democrats out in a series of tweets vowing that the wall would eventually be built.
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