Illegals Hit The Pinata (Nethercott)

By Dimitri Vassilaros TRIBUNE-REVIEW
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Why should anyone be surprised that two illegal aliens who sued the American citizens who captured them were handed the 70-acre ranch that had belonged to one of their captors? Since most illegal aliens who sneaked into this republic are rewarded for breaking the immigration law — by being allowed to enjoy America’s bounty — no one should be surprised about the verdict.

It is just another topsy-turvy thing that happens from time to time along the Mexican border. Blame it on the Bush administration’s continual refusal to protect American sovereignty, which some might think borders on treason.

The two were caught on a Texas ranch in 2003 by Casey Nethercott and other members of Ranch Rescue. The New York Times labels it a paramilitary group that vowed to use force to prevent illegal immigration.

The illegals claimed Mr. Nethercott threatened them and hit one of them with a pistol. However, they also admitted the group gave them cookies, water and a blanket — and let them go after an hour. Texas prosecutors filed charges — but not against the illegals.

The jury deadlocked on the pistol-whipping charge.

Nethercott served time in California for assault. And since ex-cons are not allowed to have guns, Nethercott was convicted of gun possession and sentenced to five years in prison in Texas.

The Salvadorans were just getting started. They filed a lawsuit against Nethercott and others involved in their capture that the illegals claim caused them — are you sitting down? have you been taking your blood-pressure medication? — post-traumatic stress.

Yes, you read that right.

The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. They essentially hit the pinata, which showered them with the deed to Nethercott’s ranch in Arizona.

It gets worse.

One Salvadoran lives in Los Angeles, the other, Dallas. They have applied for visas that illegals can get if they are victims of certain crimes. They can stay and work in America until a decision about their applications is made.

Oops, almost forgot, one of the defendants settled with them for $100,000. America — what a country.

When the government refuses to enforce immigration law and, worse yet, when it almost welcomes its violation, it is understandable why citizens could want to take the law into their own hands simply to enforce it.

Americans should not, must not — and legally cannot — use violence to stop illegals from trespassing as they flood in from Mexico.

Frankly, it’s a wonder that so few people have threatened to use violence to repel the illegal invasion. Thank goodness for that at least.

Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the nonviolent Minuteman Project, which uses volunteers to be extra sets of eyes and ears for the border patrol, just announced he is running to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif., who now is at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

There are right ways and wrong ways to take the law into your own hands. Nethercott could not have been any more wrong. Double dittos for everyone else connected with the ugly incident.

Nothing can justify even an attempt to terrorize another human, no matter the level of frustration with American immigration policy. The Bush administration’s indifference or inability to protect the border is forcing more and more Americans to make choices. Some good, some bad.

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