Dr. Gary Thrasher, rancher and veterinarian from southern Arizona, testified July 8 on behalf of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association during a legislative hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources on H.R. 1505, the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. Thrasher said H.R. 1505, introduced by Representative Rob Bishop (R-Utah), is an important piece of legislation needed to protect the “sovereignty and security of the border region, its federal lands and refuges, as well as the nation’s security.”

According to Thrasher, the situation is growing more serious in rural and remote stretches of the border between the United States and Mexico.
“Those of us who live and work in remote smuggling corridors are left the most vulnerable,” he said. “We are confronted with threats; damage and destruction of our property; theft; break-ins; and serious disruption of our necessary ranch work almost daily. Lethal violence is a daily menace we’re forced to live with and the senseless murders of our neighbors go unsolved.