WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Arizona rancher recently told members of Congress that inadequate security along the border with Mexico has put farm families in constant danger.

Rancher Jim Chilton told a House of Representatives subcommittee that federal environmental laws have "unduly hampered" border patrol agents' ability to control the border, according to a news release.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association called last summer for a beefed-up border in the wake of last year's murder of another Arizona rancher, allegedly by an illegal immigrant.

The NCBA supports a bill by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, that would give the Department of Homeland Security greater access to federal lands along the border.

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