The Associated Press is reporting that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle in Vermont was vandalized. A 53-year old man used liquid manure to deface the government vehicle.
The childish act was the result of an argument about immigration enforcement between a border agent and Mark Johnson.
Johnson, who works in agriculture, defaced the vehicle on Aug. 3 after he confronted a border agent two miles south of the Canadian border. For his actions, Johnson will face a judge Thursday to answer charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
According to reports, Johnson claims his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by illegal aliens working on local farms. Reportedly, he is unhappy with the lack of immigration enforcement, and he is tired of illegal aliens being allowed to work on farms in northern Vermont.
According to the AP, Johnson asked the Border Patrol agent why authorities were not doing more to stop the illegal workers.
“I used to go to all these farms, spread liquid manure and help them with chopping and everything else,” he said. “Then, the illegals started coming in, more and more and more, and every time I see the Border Patrol I stop and ask them, ‘Can you please do something about it?'”
Allegedly, when done with his rant, Johnson became very agitated and sprayed the Border Patrol vehicle with manure.
Johnson is denying any wrong-doing. Although he admits to the conversation with the border agent, he says he thought the officer had moved on before turning on his sprayer. According to police reports, Johnson didn’t realize there was a problem until an hour later when the sheriff’s department arrived with a citation.
According to a local paper, Grand Isle County State’s Attorney Douglas DiSabito is taking the criminal case seriously. “I think it is pretty outrageous behavior. For anybody to intentionally spray manure on anybody or anybody’s property is just wrong,” DiSabito said.
Despite Johnson’s new legal problems, he told the local paper he’s more frustrated over the lack of immigration enforcement. “Department of Homeland Security: I thought that was supposed to protect us. How secure do you think I feel with what I have seen? he asked.
Johnson, like so many other Americans, says the illegal work force makes it impossible for him to survive because it works for far lower wages and it becomes impossible for him to compete. Contrary to the false narrative put out by pro-amnesty, open-borders advocates, Johnson, who is an American citizen, is not afraid or opposed to doing the hard labor that comes with working in the agriculture industry.
“I have lost everything because of illegals,” he said. “I’m not the only one that feels this. It is very, very sad.”
According to Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML News, the influx of illegal aliens at the border is down from this time last year, but the ability for those already here to find work remains frothy. “I support President Trump, but he’s not doing enough to hold employers accountable when it comes to illegal hirings. Until he insists on mandatory e-verify, and until America starts cracking down on companies that hire illegal aliens, stories like Johnson’s will continue to continue,” Lynch said.
Johnson will represent himself in court on Thursday.
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