“We stop everything here: drugs, smuggling,” Padilla said, adding that the protests were the result of a misunderstanding of the Border Patrol’s role in maintaining safety in the area.
Padilla said the agency has shown a willingness to listen the concerns of residents, many who raise cattle and horses.
When a speed strip was installed at the checkpoint, it was high enough to make livestock trailers take a hard bounce when they crossed.
In response, the agency lowered the strip, Padilla said, which he believes is a sign of progress.
Protesters said that they felt threatened at the checkpoint, that they had to put on fake smiles every morning and hide their fear at dealing with men and women with guns.
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