Each year when Riley & I are broadcasting live from FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire in DC, one of the interviews that receives the biggest response is with the ranchers on the Arizona border. We've talked with both Peggy & Fred Davis and John & JoBeth Ladd in the past few years and the stories they tell are the best evidence of what's really happening on the U.S./Mexico border.

Over the weekend I got an email from Peggy Davis to update us on what's happening there. What spurred the correspondence?:

Since Harry Reid made his statement about the border being secure, I wanted to send you these photos I took on Wednesday, July 16 that I took AT the international border with Mexico. One is of the border fence (just barbed wire) that goes through the San Pedro River.  It had washed out a few days before this photo was taken by monsoon rains.  You can plainly see the big hole IN OUR BORDER.  The next day, I posted the photo on Facebook, and the following day the BP [Border Patrol] fixed the fence.

Peggy Davis
The border fence (just barbed wire) that goes through the San Pedro River. It had been washed out by monsoon rains.

Peggy says the other photo is of a drug vehicle stuck in the mud on the Mexican side of the fence. When Peggy and Fred came upon the truck there were no drugs left inside the, but footprints indicated that they were forced to carry the loads out of Mexico and into the United States:

Peggy Davis
A drug vehicle stuck in the mud on the Mexican side of the fence in Arizona.

As the border crisis in Texas continues, Peggy says they don’t have the same influx of children yet in Arizona. But she expects that to change, especially if the government manages to stop the problem in The Lone Star State. Peggy also says the Nogales holding station is having lots of problems with children with illness and agents taking these illnesses home to their families.

We'll plan to check in again with Peggy and Fred again soon.