America’s Third War: Texas Farmers Under Attack at the Border

By Kris Gutiérrez

Published March 03, 2011

| FoxNews.com

In Texas, nearly 8,200 farms and ranches back up to the Mexican border.

The men and women who live and work on those properties say they’re under attack from the same drug cartels blamed for thousands of murders in Mexico.

“It’s a war, make no mistake about it,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “And it’s happening on American soil.”

Texas farmers and ranchers produce more cotton and more cattle than any other state, so Staples is concerned this war could eventually impact our food supply, and calls it a threat to our national security.

“Farmers and ranchers are being run off their own property by armed terrorists showing up and telling them they have to leave their land,” Staples said.

To raise awareness, Commissioner Staples launched the website ProtectYourTexasBorder.com. It’s a place where frustrated and scared farmers can share their stories.

One Texas farmer, who asked not to be identified, said it’s common for him to see undocumented immigrants walking through his property.

“I see something, I just drive away,” he said. “It is a problem, I’ve learned to live with it and pretty much, I’ve become numb to it.”

Another farmer, Joe Aguilar, said enough is enough. After walking up on armed gunmen sneaking undocumented immigrants into the United States through his land, Aguilar decided to sell his farm.“It’s really sad to say, you either have to beat ‘em or join ‘em and I decided not to do either,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar’s family farmed 6,000 acres of land along the Texas-Mexico border for nearly 100 years.

“Our farmers and ranchers can’t afford their own security detail,” Staples said. “We’re going to become more dependent on food from foreign sources.

Americans don’t like being dependent on foreign oil, they won’t stand for being dependent on foreign food.”

For more on the battle at our border, visit http://www.ProtectYourTexasBorder.com.


Thanks to Marie in Gainesville for this one.


One Response

  1. I thought Texas had the Castle Doctrine … an armed trespasser on your property is a threat to you, shoot a couple of the coyote/gunmen and they will take a different route.

    This makes me so mad. Liberals have tried to make us into passive non-confrontational folks. We now have gangs terrorizing whole cities, criminals crossing the boarders illegally, and AMERICAN CITIZENS who are not safe on their own property!

    Maybe if a few counties-worth of farmers and land owners suing their state for failing to maintain an effective boarder and safety for law-abiding citizens might give the boarder states the gumption to sue the federal government for failing in it’s mandate to defend our boarders!

    I live in a small town and the illegals and drugs are overrunning us. I was also involved with the local justice system and had a lot of contact with defendants and felons. In this small town, everyone knows where you live, but during my time in the justice system, defendants and felons DID NOT mess with me or my property. The reason was because I let them know I was armed, ready to use it if needed, and my big dog BITES! During this time, a deputy sheriff had his personal vehicle broken into in his driveway while it was sitting right next to his sheriff unit. Another local police officer had his home broken into while he and his family were in bed asleep, while his PD unit sat in the driveway.

    We need Open Carry for the summer, and we need Concealed Carry in the winter, all under one license.

    Thanks, Bob, for sending me your link!

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