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May 05, 2010

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In regards to your analysis, having been born and raised into early adulthood 200 yards from the Rio Grande and possessing the insights those circumstances bring, I could not have expressed it better. Too much of the chaff coming from the media(both old and new) and politicians is by those who have never even set foot there.

Law enforcement in the USA may apprehend the killer of Mr. Krentz - and I sure hope that they do.

But the hidden story here is that this incident adds a further chill to the creeping fear that is growing on the US side of the border. It sure looks like this murder was a direct reprisal against an American family who reported a drug shipment on their land. Whether the assassin is caught or not, the cartel leaders who ordered the kill are still be out there. That means other ranchers in Texas, Arizona, and California will start having second thoughts, the next time they see something suspicious. How long can you keep watching your own back??

It's hard for ordinary people to fight against the silent terror that is spread by these cartels.

P - You know, your comment reminds me a LOT of the situation on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. Ranchers on the Venezuelan side see FARC guerrillas cross into their country unfettered all the time; they even watch these terrorists play soccer with Venezuelan national guard soldiers. But they don't say anything because they're terrified FARC members will murder or kidnap them. A sad state of affairs, to be sure, and I wholeheartedly agree with the concerns you express in your comment.

Sylvia ... what's worrisome about this current incident is just how quickly and precisely the cartels strike back. Based on your info, they killed Mr. Krentz within 24 hours of the time his family passed information to LE that disrupted a drug operation. The hit from the cartel was targeted, it was quick, and it was lethal. There's no doubt about the message that they are sending.

Let me give you another example of what I'm talking about. Remember when Mexican commando's (Mexican navy) stormed the meeting of the Beltran-Levya cartel and killed the top guys? Then the Mexican media revealed the name of one of the commando's who died in that operation? Within 24 hours, the cartel had identified exactly where that man's relatives lived, they dispatched a group of assassins to his village, and they killed many of his family members. Targeted terror against people who oppose the cartels.

It's a bad problem.

Fact : the Star article you reference has a big edit box on it disclaiming the headline you used above. They acknowledge it was incorrect.
Another fact: According to his family and a neighbor Wendy Glenn: The last words Krentz said on the radio was, "illegal immigrant" and "hurt." Glenn who heard it clearly said krentz was not in duress and asked via the radio for border patrol to be called. The victim's words show he was talking to an illegal immigrant.
Story link is here,

http://www.kvoa.com/news/killing-of-ariz-rancher-roils-immigration-debate/

Sheriff Devers is doing what any elected official would do; making political points when the opportunity arises. Unfortunately, this is 'part' of his job, if he is indeed an elected official.

Land ownership arouses deep-seated emotions among farmers, ranchers and 'country folk' in a way that many city-dwellers may not immediately understand. And when the peace is disturbed then nothing short of justice will suffice. Memories are very long in these remote areas.

Sylvia mentioned this reminding her of a situation elsewhere...I concur. The ranchers and farmers in Paraguay are being kept from using their own property due to similar incidents/situation.

I do take exceptions with your statement, however:

"I'm not naïve enough to ignore the fact that this story comes at a crucial time in the immigration debate, and people on both sides of the aisle will use this poor rancher's memory however they see fit to suit their agendas."

This story comes at a time when it does...when someone, apparently an illegal or someone posing as one, killed an American rancher while trespassing. You have stated elsewhere on your blog things similar and about avoiding the immigration debate/issue...and I must say that that in and of itself is a biased view. This isn't an immigration issue, it's a law enforcement issue.

whether or not anyone wants to get involved with potential immigration debates, the fact remains that if you are a citizen of the most powerful country in the world and live on the border, you are in danger from criminal gangs and organizations from other countries. As the US government will not take responsibility for our borders and actively fights the States from enforcing immigration laws, the issue then becomes the safety and sovereignty of Americans within the United States. Avoiding the emasculation of patriotism will add to and hasten the fall of Rome.

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