Border Patrol vehicle sprayed with manure after immigration argument

- A Vermont man’s alleged weapon of choice during an argument about immigration enforcement with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent was liquid manure.

Mark Johnson, who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by illegal immigrants working on local farms, is accused of spraying a border patrol vehicle with manure on Aug. 3 at the edge of a farm field about two miles south of the Canadian border.

He is due in court Thursday in North Hero to answer charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

The 53-year-old man, who does custom manure spreading in northern Vermont, told the Lake Champlain Islander, a weekly newspaper, he was unhappy with the lack of serious efforts by the immigration agency when it comes to illegal immigrants allowed to work on local farms.

“The Border Patrol, the sheriffs, state police, game wardens can’t go onto the farms,” Johnson said.

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