Dvorak: Where’s the fire?

A message from people who live on the border…

One family wrote their frustrations. They own a ranch just 50 miles from the US-Mexico border. They responded to a Facebook comment after someone asked, “Where’s the fire” in regards to the urgency of President Trump efforts to build the wall?

The Answer
“Let me tell you where the fire is: The “fire” is finding dead bodies on your ranch, the “fire” is finding domestic pig ears in your drinkers when there isn’t a domestic pig for 25 miles; the “fire” is waking up to unknown people talking in your attic; the “fire” is dogs barking all night when your closest neighbor is 7-25 miles depending on the direction to and realize there are people outside your barn; the “fire” is having to come home after dark and having to carry a rifle to go feed your livestock after Border Patrol (BP) tells you that they only caught 9 of the 15 they were looking for.

The “fire” is making a choice:

1) Do I take my child with me to a dark barn to feed and hold the flashlight; or

2) Lock him in the house. So you lock him in the house and call a friend to let them know he’s home alone and if they don’t hear back from you, come to check on him.

The “fire” is you don’t feel comfortable letting your child play outside without being in ‘eyeshot’ of them.

The “fire” is having large drug busts on your ranch.

The “fire” is feeling sick to your stomach every time the helicopter swirls your house because you know they are chasing people because you can hear them on the speaker talking to them.

The “fire” is seeing the BP camera set-up 1/2 mile from your house.

The “fire” is coming home after dark… your children are driving in front of you, as one is of age to drive, and there are officers on your road watching illegals 1/4-1/2 mile from your house — and you have to call your children and tell them to keep driving, don’t stop at the house.

The “fire” is coming home to your backdoor — wide open. The “fire” is real for me, [and] my family and my community.”

Submitted to the Federal Observer for publication by the author.

~ The Author ~
Kimberly Dvorak is a freelance writer who resides in San Diego. She has covered local, national and international news stories for more than 15 years. As a National political correspondent, she has lived and covered stories in Africa, Europe, South America and Asia.

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