Border fence fail? Ranchers raise questions
Giant, gaping holes in the international border fence so big, you can drive a truck through. Get this, they were put there on purpose.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
PALOMINAS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Giant, gaping holes in the international border fence so big, you can drive a truck through. Get this, they were put there on purpose.
John Ladd and his family own Ladd Ranch, just south of Palominas. He says every monsoon, Border Patrol agents open flood gates to protect the border fence from collapsing. In some spots, they have removed entire sections while debris, mashed together by monsoon storms, gather, spilling into the United States.
"I do dread it. It triples my work. When these get open, I have to check them everyday. I have to look for Mexican cows [and] have to look for footprints," Ladd told 9OYS while touring the border.
In certain areas, strands of barbed wire are the only thing dividing the U.S. and Mexico.
Adding insult to injury, the area is about two miles from South Paloma Trail, a residential area ravaged by monsoon, forcing residents and border agents to take an alternate one and a half- hour detour.
"This is a joke," Ladd said.
"I'm an American citizen and I'm sick of this," he continued.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol denied an interview request. They issued this statement in regards to the fencing:
"There are portions of the fencing throughout Tucson Sector that can be raised or removed in order to facilitate the flow of water and debris during the monsoon season. Doing so prevents complete collapse of the fencing while reducing the negative impact of the lower terrain south of the fence. Wire is installed to prevent cattle from crossing. During this time, Tucson Sector Border Patrol maintains border security through patrols and monitoring using remote surveillance technology."
"Do you think that is reason enough? Do you think that is security enough?" 9OYS's Cory Marshall asked Ladd.
"No, because I have four cameras, permanent cameras and the camera that watches this is right down there and it can't see here. That technology is a wonderful thing, but you have to have people." he answered.
During the two-hour border tour, 9OYS saw two separate border agents patrolling the area.