DHS's Border "fence" south of the Krentz ranch
Glenn Spencer - American Border Patrol -- March 30
Last Saturday Rob Krentz and his dog were shot to death on his ranch in Arizona, most likely by an illegal alien who fled back into Mexico.
Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-Az) said ranchers are in harms way in Cochise County because of the "sheer volume of [illegal] traffic."
The Krentz ranch is in a smuggling corridor that runs along AZ Route 80 (see map). Roger Barnett's ranch is in the same corridor. He has aided in the apprehension of more than 20,000 illegal aliens.
According to DHS the border south of the Krentz ranch is fenced off. Not so. The fence is really a vehicle barrier that is easily crossed by foot and vehicle ramp.
I live on a ranch in Cochise County. My house is ½ mile from the border. Smugglers used to cross my property all the time, but stopped after a real fence was installed. While the National Guard may help somewhat, the real solution to the border problem would be to complete the 700-mile double-layered fence authorized by Congress in 2006.
DHS should take its name seriously – the Department of Homeland Security. Rob Krentz certainly wasn't secure in his homeland.