Skip to comments.Our Lawless Mexican Border
Posted on 04/10/2010 6:23:01 AM PDT by Tammy8
A great sadness will descend over this border town today as mourners fill the local high school gym to pay their respects to Rob Krentz. Two weeks ago, the 58-year-old rancher was shot and killed by what appears to be a drug smuggler. His death has created a tidal wave of emotionKrentz was a pillar of this community where his family has ranched land here for a century. "The sobbing and crying from people I never thought I'd see cry, it's unbelievable," local veterinarian Gary Thrasher told me.
Americans who do not live along the Mexican border often assume the antipathy to illegal immigration arises from racial or cultural concerns. But talk to people on the ground, and what they fear most is the loss of personal security. They are angry that the federal government is unable to provide them with this most basic of human rights.
Last year the Border Patrol made an astonishing 241,673 arrests in the Tucson Sector, which covers 262 miles. Arrests in Douglas are up 25% this yearin part because tighter security elsewhere has funneled traffic through this remote region. Border agents say that 17% of the people they arrest in the sector have U.S. criminal records.
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My Prayers go out to the family and friends of Rob Krentz. I pray that they will have the strength they will need to deal with this tragic and senseless loss of a good man's life.
Our ‘government’ is supposed to protect its citizens by protecting the border. It clearly is not doing that. Instead, it seems the citizens need to be protected FROM the government.
We can’t, or won’t defend our borders anymore, have just signed away part of our nuclear arsenal without much in return, are rapidly losing our financial stature, are decimating our manufacturing sector, owe marked amounts of money to communist China, have a President who is friends with a former Weather Underground terrorist and who won’t provide his original birth certificate, and have been moving down the road toward socialism. Am I missing something here?
“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!”
still their motto...
Our government is encouraging this invasion by teasing amnesty and opening the gates of an entitlement free for all. Domestic policy is a magnet for no-skill immigrants and criminals while our visa program denies entry to highly-skilled technical workers. It’s a “workers party” nightmare.
16,000 IRS agents and not a single border patrol guard.
Shows you what the priorities are.
Are any states putting the National Guard at their borders yet???
I’m with you...suprised the WSJ would cover this tragedy. The MSM mostly continues to ignore the biggest domestic story in many years: the border.
If they can’t spin it pro-Obama, they ignore it.
The whole country should read this. Pass it on and maybe we’ll all start understanding what is really going on enough to pressure our government to do something.......anything.
A great question; “I think” during the Bush years some guard units were operating along the border as support or backup to the border patrol. However, their rules of engagement were very limited and did not include the use of deadly force. As a Texan, I hope that Gov Perry will activate the Texas Guard and put them on the border with rules of engagement to shoot if threatened or disobeyed. However, keeping a large contingent of Guard units activated for an extended period of time is both impractical and expensive. The real solution is to put U.S. Army troops on the border. Reactivate the draft if necessary, would help with teen and twenty something unemployment and instill a little badly needed discipline and work ethic in this bunch.
Leo Banks is one of your most ardent supporters, Tammy. His life and writings have been steeped in the richness of our corners of Arizona and New Mexico; he has contributed countless scores of articles for Arizona Highways as well as his contributions to other publications here.
He loves the land and its people; and is touched deeply by the losses of both over the last decade or so.
In NM Richardson has sent the National Guard this week.
2 years ago or so there were lots of Guard in Las Cruces and Deming NM as well as Del Rio and El Paso, TX.
Those are just places I travel and have experienced, but from what I’ve seen the Deming and Cruces Guard pulled out over a year ago. Haven’t been to Del Rio lately but I know El Paso doesn’t have Guard now.
It is an absolute affront to decent hard working Americans that this is allowed to happen on our borders. Politicians that support and allow our borders to be open and unprotected should be tried, charged, and hung for treason against the people of the United States.
How long will we allow this to continue? How are we to claim we are even a country? A "state" without defended borders that allows its citizens to be molested and killed at the hands of foreign invaders, a "state" that encourages the invaders, provides them with room, board, cash, safe haven, and other tangible assets is no country..... it is a lawless landmass.
And yet our "representatives" have the nerve and audacity to chastise the afflicted citizenry as "racist," "heartless," and "extremist."
When we become a nation of men, vice a nation of laws, the citizenry will take the law into its own hands. Lawlessness cannot exist. Human beings are orderly by nature. They seek order from the void; be it a Constitutional Republic, a dictatorship, support to a warlord, or tribalism. When lawlessness occurs a power vaccuum is created. Humans rush to fill the void. Iraq is a prime example; tired of the violence and lawlessness, tribes and individual citizens (with the aid of the US) alike banded to oust their terrorist suppressors and "foreign fighters," stripping the foreigners of their power.
In these United States, the general citizenry supports their freedoms; many jealously guard them. When those freedoms (especially the tenets of LIFE and liberty) are not protected against a foreign invader, the citizenry will push back in order to bring about security, law, and order; hence the Minuteman Project. However, when these efforts fail, the only forced alternative is armed suppresion of the invadere.... the citezenry will eventually decide their very survival depends on it.
It would be wise to effectively seal the border through legal means via the National Guards, armed forces, and Border Patrol; lest the American citizenry decide through near hoplessness the solution lies with them....... the affects of those citizen decisions would be bloody, and could spread fighting and animosity elsewhere in the US political spectrum.
just my two cents.
There was a stepped-up Guard presence in New Mexico during the Governor’s tour of the border last week, but they’ve not been seen in the area since then.
Governor Brewer announced a few more were going to be deployed here in Arizona, but I haven’t heard which units, if any, were activated. It won’t be units, but a few augmentees here and there.
We had better get people there and soon or we are going to be toast...The drug wars over the border are only going to get worse...Harsh punishement to those who cross over...
So not good enough...
If the government won’t assume its responsibility the people will and elect a new government in the process in November and 2012.
As some of the other Freepers have stated in the past, the three S’s may be in order:
Shoot, shovel and shut up. No trace of an illegal alien trespassing on your property, no problem. Sounds a bit unethical and probably immoral, however if your life is in danger and the government isn’t doing anything about it, I don’t think you have much choice. When enough of these drug smugglers and other criminals get the message that their cohorts seem to be disappearing somewhere across the border, maybe they’ll rethink the issue. However I doubt it. When they can send millions over the border for the past 20-30 years with little or no repercussions, it will continue. Especially if they vote democrat.
.....As a Texan, I hope that Gov Perry will activate the Texas Guard and put them on the border......
As a student of Texas history, I hope he will send the Texas Rangers to resume their historical role of killing bad Mexicans. There is a pool of potential Rangers. Members of the National Guard should be deputized as Rangers and tasked with killing Mexicans.
That process eliminates all the crap that will result from using the Guard that are quasi federal troops and the issue of posse comitus.