KPHO TV 5 Phoenix did a very good interview with Sue Krentz, the widow of rancher Rob Krentz who was killed by an illegal alien near the border. It's a story all Americans who scoff at enforcing immigration laws should watch. The two part story that includes written reports, videos, and a slideshow.
Part 1: Ariz. Rancher's Widow Struggles To Adjust, Loss Of Soul Mate Leaves 'Emptiness' In Sue Krentz, by Elizabeth Erwin
Life is a constant struggle for Sue Krentz. Six months after her husband was killed by suspected illegal immigrants, she's still coming to grips with losing her soul mate and learning to live in near constant fear.
But Sue said that's all changed.
"Lately they've become just a little bit more aggressive in their behavior," she said.
And the sheer number of people she sees crossing the border now is staggering, Krentz said.
"One time in eight days we had 500 border-crossers removed off the ranch. And they say, for every one they catch, two to three get away," she said.
Now as she walks her property, she's painfully aware of what could happen.
"Everybody is just more cautious, we're just more cautious. We're going to be a little more leery of people," she explained.
Sue took CBS 5 News to a place notorious for being a dumping ground. It's a place where illegal immigrants get rid of the water bottles and clothes they no longer need, she said.
"Like today you'll come out here and there will be nobody here, and two hours from now there might be somebody here," she said.
She said she knows life will never be the same on the Krentz Ranch.
Part 2: Wife Explains Life, Emotions Since Border Killing, Six Months After Her Husband's Killing, Sue Krentz Lives In Fear, by Elizabeth Erwin, September 21, 2010
Open border advocates often accuse anyone who questions their ideology of lacking compassion. The Krentz Ranch had compassion for illegals and this is how they were awarded for it.
Border-crossers using the Krentz Ranch as part of their path into the U.S. is nothing new. It's so common, the Krentzes would typically help them, Sue said.
"They'd (her family) bring them up to the house here and they'd feed them," she said.
You would think The Krentz case would be frightening enough to scare all Arizonans into wanting more border enforcement, but that's hardly the case. Like for instance, Alison McLeod, the Southern Arizona field organizer for the Progressive Democrats of America.
Since 1997, McLeod has lived so close to the border that she can see it through her kitchen window and, though she understands the concern that rancher Robert Krentz was killed, McLeod has never had any problems, she said. â€?When I first moved here, the border wall was just a barbed-wire fence, and I would often see families passing through or groups of 20 or so, heads down, just trying to get through,â€? she said.
She has not seen anyone for a long time, which she attributes to the wall because it makes it impossible for families to cross the border on their own. Instead, they have to hire members of the cartels who now control all the access points and were also likely responsible for Krentzâ€™ death, McLeod said.
Angry at Sheriff Joe, activists are seeing red, Âbut thinking pink, by Adam Curtis, The Sierra Visata Herald, 09/19/2010
Notice how McLeod places the blame on the victims. In her view the reason why people like Rob Krentz get killed is that stricter border enforcement entices people to become human smugglers and drug lords. So, anytime a victim, like the Krentz family, calls for tougher border enforcement they are contributing to their own demise.
Some of the people who oppose immigration enforcement are taking their anger out on Sheriff Joe Arpaio because of his efforts to arrest human smugglers and illegal aliens. According to the same article:
About a dozen people gathered at a home a mile from the border on Saturday to raise money in support of people who need help on both sides. They also sent a special message to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the form of about 50 pairs of pink panties.
The organization supporting the protest is called Humanitarian Border Solutions — a shadowy group that is supported and partially funded by the Episcopal Church. They are best known for putting water stations in the desert to make the journey easier for illegal aliens that need drinks of fresh water and food. Call it pure speculation on my part, but I doubt that any of the money they raised will be used to help ease the burdens forced on the Krentz family.