This is the third article in a series on illegal drug and human smuggling along Arizona’s border with Mexico.
PALOMINAS, Ariz.—Cattle ranchers Joe and Patty Scelso didn’t always feel the need to carry sidearms walking on their property.
Twenty-eight years ago, the Rockin JP Ranch was their dream of a country homestead come true—103 acres of lush grassland, towering cypress, and low-slung mesquite framed with distant green mountain peaks.
It was a quiet place—perfect for raising a small herd of cattle and staging rodeos.
Today, their dream has gone south as illegal migrants continue marching north through the unfinished border wall fence with Mexico just two miles from their property in Palominas, Arizona….


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