Janet Napolitano Lied, Rob Krentz Died

April 2, 2010 06:33

Mexican drug cartels, emboldened by the Mexican Army failure to control its border cities, and more recently emboldened by Obama’s talk of a new amnesty for illegals, have extended their reach into the U.S.

Roger Hedgecock at Human Events

Rancher Rob Krentz spent his life working on his 35,000-acre cattle ranch by the border with Mexico in Cochise County, Ariz. His family had owned the ranch since 1907.

He died there last weekend, he and his dog shot by an illegal alien that he was trying to help.

The Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association immediately posted a $15,000 reward.

The Monday before Rob Krentz was killed, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, made a speech claiming “significant progress” in controlling violence along the border. It was a lie.

In 1999, Rob and his wife Sue, in an interview on PBS, described the Muslim prayer rugs and a Koran they had found on the ranch property. They recounted the time illegals broke into and burglarized their home. Yet Rob said he still shared water with thirsty illegals crossing his ranch.

Rob was like that. Neighbor Roger Barkett also runs cattle on his 22,000-acre ranch nearby and recalls Rob as a gentle, caring man who loved his animals, and, while opposing illegal immigration, had compassion for the illegals who crossed his land.

Ranchers in this remote area of the U.S.-Mexican border are few and far between, but they still maintain the Old West courtesies and respect for hard work and self reliance. But after 2000, the isolation turned the area into a favorite crossing for smugglers from the South. The smugglers are bold and well armed. They steal vehicles, invade ranch houses, trash the countryside, set fires, and bring all manner of contraband into the U.S.

Ranch buildings that had been unlocked for generations were locked. Ranchers herding cattle went armed for the first time in 100 years.

Repeated appeals to the state and federal government to do something to protect the area fell on deaf ears. Local Border Patrol Agents got a handle on the smugglers six years ago, but were pulled back by President Bush. A promised border fence was never built.


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