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NACO, Ariz. - A new chapter in the border battle. A pair of ranchers say that Washington doesn't really know what's going on, and they are taking the story to a national audience.

The two have invited House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi to their homes to see first hand what it's like down on the border. It sounds a little far fetched, but the ranchers say they're serious.

The ranchers are John Ladd and Fred Davis, they appeared on Fox & Friends Monday morning. Immigration reform is stalled on Capitol Hill because of battles between the two parties.

But the two Arizona ranchers didn't extend a bi-partisan invitation to come see the border to deal with the problem. Instead, they invited only one representative. Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

John Ladd & Fred Davis each own ranches by the Mexican border. John's ranch is in Naco, and Fred's is outside of Tombstone. They say while the country's attention has been focused on the thousands of migrant children in places like the CBP facility in Nogales; their problems have continued.

"The Border Patrol is challenged with getting all these kids, and while they're tied up doing that, they are running drugs right around them," said John Ladd.

"The problem with the Border Patrol is they are controlled by Washington," he said.

The ranchers say Washington doesn't get it, so they've invited Nancy Pelosi to come visit. Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, is the leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. They want her to understand what it's like to live with drug smugglers constantly on or around your property.

"Seal the border, and then we can worry about immigration reform, the border needs to be sealed, they can bring anything they want across the border... the border is on fire and Washington is sending us gasoline," said Fred Davis.

Ladd thinks that two million people have crossed his ranch in the past 24 years. The two have offered to pay for Nancy Pelosis plane ticket to come visit. FOX 10 checked with the Congresswoman's office in San Francisco this afternoon. There is no word whether she will take the two ranchers up on their offer.
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