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A ‘Gun at Every Door’: Border Rancher Sees 2,400 Percent Increase In Illegal Aliens on Property

COCHISE COUNTY, Arizona—Ranching and smuggling are respectively the primary legitimate and illegitimate economic drivers in Cochise County, Arizona. Much to John Ladd’s frustration, the two industries intersect on his ranch, which is sandwiched between the U.S.–Mexico border and highway 92, a convenient smuggling pick-up road. Ladd’s ranch shares 10.5 miles of border with Mexico and in mid-2019 had an average of 12 illegal aliens traversing his land daily, with Border Patrol catching about half. Now, he says, it’s about 300 a day and Border Patrol catches about 30 percent on a good day. The numbers started escalating the same time the 2020 presidential election swung Joe Biden’s way. “I’m not going to say there’s no hope, but nothing’s going to change as long as Biden’s there and his administration,” Ladd told The Epoch Times on Dec. 8. “And so what are we going to do? Just let them come through?” …

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