Ranchers call for more security at New Mexico border

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ANIMAS, New Mexico (AP) – Ranchers in southwestern New Mexico are calling for better security at the Mexico border.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the cattle growers associations of both New Mexico and Arizona are hosting a meeting this week in Animas, New Mexico, to voice their problems to elected officials.

Ranchers in the Bootheel region say the area is overrun by illegal traffic from Mexico, particularly drug trafficking.

Border Patrol reported apprehending 11,000 unauthorized border crossers in fiscal 2015 and seizing more than 15,000 pounds of marijuana, though officials say it is impossible to say how much of those incidents were in the Bootheel region.

The outrage comes months after a ranch hand in the area was kidnapped by alleged drug runners in Animas.

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