Two Arizona ranchers who operate ranches near the southern border are pushing back after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called President Donald Trump’s planned border wall “immoral” and a “sign of weakness.”
“The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise,” Pelosi said in a Sunday interview on Meet the Press.
“Democrats do not support the wall, and I think the Republicans in the border states do not support the wall,” she added. Pelosi also suggested that the American communities closest to the southern border with Mexico do not support the president’s planned border wall.
“The president, I think, talking about this wall is expressing a sign of weakness,” the House minority leader argued.
“He’s saying, ‘I can’t control our border. I have to build a wall,'” Pelosi said. She added that the federal government has a “responsibility to control our borders” but building a border wall “is not an answer — not here, or any place.”
Two Arizona ranchers joined Fox & Friends Tuesday to push back against Pelosi’s suggestion that the communities closest to the southern border do not support a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fred Davis, who operates a ranch near Tombstone, Ariz., pointed out that most communities along the border already have fences in absence of a national border wall.
“All of the communities I know about — all of the cities along the border — already have high fences,” Davis said, adding that Trump’s planned wall will pick up the slack in outlying areas that only have barbed wire fence, where most illegal immigrants make their entrance into the country.
John Ladd, who operates the San Jose Ranch on the border, claimed that “border control has caught a half a million” illegal immigrants on his property in the 30 years his ranch has been operating.
He says illegal immigrant crossings on his ranch have dropped 90 to 95 percent since Trump was elected.
Davis stressed the importance of the wall to protect the country against drug cartels, but he also pointed to the need to have boots on the ground to go with it.
“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. “And that’s been part of the problem in places they have a wall now.”
Two years ago, the ranchers invited Pelosi to come to their ranches and see the border for herself.
“Come see why your 2 million dollar-a-mile fence is trash,” Ladd said.
“We will send a plane for you,” Davis added. “You can stay at our house. It’s an invite. It’s sincere. Come look at it.”