Soldiers of Misfortune

Ranch Rescue finds its welcome mat withdrawn

The law center hopes the suit will have a chilling effect on ranchers such as Sutton who might invite Ranch Rescue onto their land. "The aspect of this that has been little noticed is our naming the rancher. I think it has the potential of ending vigilantism on the border," says Mark Potok, editor of the poverty center's Intelligence Report. "What we're saying is that if you bring Ranch Rescue onto your land, you're gonna lose it."

Betty Sutton and her husband, Joe, see the 
immigrants as trespassers and want them off their 
property.
Wendi Poole
Betty Sutton and her husband, Joe, see the immigrants as trespassers and want them off their property.
Conner and Nethercott were arrested for their Ranch 
Rescue actions.
Conner and Nethercott were arrested for their Ranch Rescue actions.

The point is not lost on Sutton, who says the obvious aim of the suit "is to bankrupt me," and he sent Ranch Rescue home soon after the arrests.

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