Ranchers in Southern Arizona have been asking for beefed-up border patrol for years. This week, they’ll take their fight to Arizona’s Capitol.
On Sunday morning, there was another home invasion near the Arizona-Mexico border. According to the Arizona Cattleman’s Association, border patrol agents were able to catch the suspected illegal immigrants believed to be responsible, but it’s got the people who live there on edge.
That’s why they’ll speak out at the state capitol this week and ask for all the help they can get.
“We hope we can look back and say, ‘You know, that was a tragedy, but it was a turning point,'” Arizona Cattleman’s Association spokesperson Patrick Bray said.
Bray has spent the past two weeks on a never-ending road trip from the Phoenix home of the Arizona Cattleman’s Association to the Arizona-Mexico border.
Bray said that’s how he found out the men and women who deal with danger daily have been working on a plan to change that for a year and a half.
Perhaps the most gut-wrenching part of this week’s big announcement is when we’ll hear from the ranchers themselves. Stories Bray’s been listening to for the past two weeks.
Hat Tip to Michelle Malkin.
Rob Krentz was a Cochise County, AZ cattle farmer who had battled the bloody consequences of illegal immigration for years. Over the weekend, his dead body was found on his ranch. The longtime rancher had been gunned down. Police are investigating the homicide.
The Arizona Star reports:
A longtime rancher was killed on his Douglas-area property over the weekend, and neighbors worried that his homicide was connected to increasing border-related crime in the area.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office offered little information into the late-Saturday shooting death of 58-year-old Robert Krentz, whose family began the Krentz Ranch more than 100 years ago.
Krentz’s body was found on his land, which is about 35 miles northeast of Douglas, just before midnight Saturday, said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office, aided by the U.S. Border Patrol, had no suspects Sunday and continued to follow leads, Capas said. She declined to comment on reports from neighbors and border activists that Krentz’s death was related to smuggling in the area.
Area residents said Krentz had no enemies, and they could think of no motive for his death other than the possibility it was related to what they called the growing level of crime in the area related to illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.
Tom Tancredo, a former U.S. representative from Colorado, was visiting ranchers near Douglas to discuss border issues when he heard of Krentz’s death.
Tancredo said he and Krentz were friends and that he was “a mild-mannered guy” who was known for providing illegal immigrants with food and water.
The rest here: http://michellemalkin.com/2010/03/29/the-death-of-an-arizona-rancher/
Remember Roger Barnett?
An Arizona man who has waged a 10-year campaign to stop a flood of illegal immigrants from crossing his property is being sued by 16 Mexican nationals who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roger Barnett, 64, began rounding up illegal immigrants in 1998 and turning them over to the U.S. Border Patrol, he said, after they destroyed his property, killed his calves and broke into his home.
The lawsuit was overturned, but it goes to show just how screwed up our judicial system is, when illegal alien felons get more legal consideration than American citizens.
We need to fight idiots like Janet Napolitano and Juan Hernandez until we get a border wall, complete with fortifications, minefields, and heavily armed border patrols. This is not immigration; we’re being invaded.
Yooohooooo…John McCain, where the hell are you?