As a member of a young farmer and rancher committee I recently toured the U.S./Mexico border to see first-hand how our immigration situation is affecting ranchers in the area. I was saddened to hear how dangerous it has become for those who live on land that has been in their families for generations. Their safety is threatened by drug smugglers who travel continually through the ranch. Children are not allowed to play outside and the bark of a dog brings fear since it signals more than the passing of a rabbit.
These families need the security that the border patrol can provide. Our federal government needs to secure the border and send additional CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) agents to prevent drug runners. It’s time for Congress to step up.