Rep. Tom Tancredo has received $8,059 from controversial immigration figures, and $2000 of it came from a man named Roger Barnett, who is accused of physically assaulting migrant workers according to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
In March of last year, MALDEF filed a suit against Barnett on behalf of plaintiffs-at least ten of which are Mexican citizens-for participating in what the legal document claimed was “committed assault and battery” and “a conspiracy to deprive plaintiffs of their civil rights” among other things.The lawsuit goes further in describing the events, alleging that Barnett pointed a gun at a group of people and assaulted a woman he encountered in Douglas, Arizona:
Barnett attempted to kick plaintiff Ana Maria Vicente again, but she blocked the kick by moving a bag in the way. The kick destroyed some of the belongings she had in the bag. Ana Maria began crying in pain and fear.
Sandra Velazquez, who was in the smaller group of three women, witnessed Barnett kicking Ana Maria, and feared that she too would be attacked.
Plaintiff Maria S., another woman in the small group, also witnessed Barnett kicking Ana Maria, and feared that she too would be attacked by Barnett or by his large dog.
The papers claim that Barnett did not tell the plaintiffs that they were trespassing, nor were there any trespassing signs that the plaintiffs saw. It was also reported in the suit that between the years 1999-2002, there were about 40 reported incidents to US Border Patrol where Barnett “illegally detained immigrants.”
Barnett isn’t a stranger to controversy however. He is known for catching immigrants on his Arizona ranch and patrolling the property.
In one interview he was quoted talking about trespassers:
MALDEF did not answer phone calls inquiring about the status of the suit.