We’ve all heard the news that a rancher in Arizona was murdered, most likely by an illegal immigrant, on his own property. I didn’t want to blog about this until I was able to get some more news on the subject. When it first happened, the media didn’t report much outside of Arizona. It took conservative bloggers’ attention to get Fox News to report it. Other big-name outlets still haven’t given it much attention. MSNBC reported on the plight of a Mississippi teenager whose orientation sparked the cancellation of a high school prom on multiple occasions. CNN never reported it until a network blogger wrote about it, and the Washington Post didn’t say anything until the murder sparked outrage among ranchers along the US Southern border and they began calling for tighter security for the umpteen jillionth time.
This near-blackout by much of the MSM didn’t have anything to do with the fact that they felt it was a local issue and “just another murder.” The fact is that the MSM heads felt that this story wouldn’t fit their narrative about illegal immigrants in America being nothing but hard-working folks here to do the jobs that Americans just won’t do and they mean us no harm.
Robert Krentz managed a ranch that his family had bought and started working over a century ago. Despite illegals breaking into his family’s home, killing his cattle and generally destroying his property, Krentz offered food and water to illegals found in distress. He kept wells on his property because he felt it was the human thing to do. For years, he argued along with many other Southern Arizona ranchers that security along the border with Mexico needed to improve drastically as they all complained of the same issues: break-ins, threats, assaults, dead cattle, and drugs being run across their property. Last year fellow rancher Roger Barnett was sued by 16 illegals and for all intents and purposes, after a lengthy trial, Barnett won, but not after MALDEF was caught practically admitting that they were filing lawsuits to intimidate Americans to stop fighting for their rights in their own country.
The day before the shooting there had been an incident on Krentz’s property involving drug smugglers. On March 27, Krentz took his dog, hopped on his ATV and went out to check a fence and water line. At some point he radioed his brother and told him he was giving food and water to a couple of illegals wandering on the property. The very next call was for help, and it was very short. Right around midnight Krentz and his dog were found dead on the ATV about 35 miles from the main house. They’d been shot.
Law enforcement tracked the crime scene and found the footprints of the shooter; they led 20 miles south beyond the Mexican border. If there are any leads officers aren’t sharing them. Sue Krentz and the rest of Rob’s family is now without the man who made their lives complete and did the lion’s share of the work on the ranch that their family had worked since 1907.
It was only a matter of time before something like this happened. I think it has taken so long only because both human and drug smugglers have feared that pissing off Americans would result in unbelievable difficulty in crossing the border. If you read the stories of many of the ranchers on our Southern border, though, you’ll find that in the late 90’s and early in the new millenium, illegals started becoming more brazen. That is when the break-in’s began, they started killing cattle for food, and the trash buildup became so insane that ranchers simply couldn’t keep up with the mountains of garbage being left behind. (To which I would ask where all the environmentalists are when you need them.)
I’m morbidly surprised that this is the first time this has happened. Unfortunately, it won’t be the last. Our government never woke up before. They’re not going to start now. Rob Krentz’s murder will likely never be solved. Even if it is, Mexico will never extradite the fugitive because they might face the death penalty in Arizona. Either way it’s not going to stop now – drug smugglers will be emboldened to kill until they get what they want. How many have to end up dead before our government wakes up to the fact that we have a very serious problem that calls for more than just a fence?