An article ran recently in the Arizona Daily Star (the Tucson newspaper) about Cochise County, located southeast of Tucson and the home of Tombstone from western movie fame. Since the murder of rancher Rob Krentz by illegals in 2010, the problems caused by failure to enforce American laws regarding immigration have grown greatly. But the nature of the problem is now a different one. Local rancher John Ladd was quoted as saying where he used to see hundreds of illegals passing by en route to the "Promised Land", today it is more often cartel drug traffickers and other violent individuals and groups who are a threat to life and property around the clock. These thugs are brutal and will do whatever it takes to get the things they want by any means possible, including armed robbery and murder.
Cochise County is large and very remote and Sheriff Mark Dannels and his deputies can't possibly be everywhere they need to be, so they are now issuing radios to the ranchers with direct link to the Sheriff for quick response. This is a very good move since cell phones are of limited value in a land mass with many no signal areas and the ranchers who participate carry the radios with them wherever they go. The Sheriff has also initiated a dedicated ranch patrol unit to keep a closer eye on the happenings in the ranching community on a routine basis.
At the same time, however, a major uptick in large illegal crossing has been found in the Rio Grande sector of Texas where the numbers have grown from 60,000 in 2011 to 147,000 in 2015. It could be because the climate, particularly in hot weather months, is more brutal in Arizona or maybe it's because of individual citizens personally getting involved in patrols to identify illegal crossings. Regardless of when and where the problem is prevalent in many forms is due to the lack of concern by none other than the President of the United States. Until Barack Obama, tasked by the Constitution with enforcing our laws, or his soon to arrive successor decides that American citizens and their protection is a major priority of the federal government, things will continue to be lawless and dangerous near our Southern border. And that danger is quickly spreading throughout the country as identified gangs and cartels are allowed entry along with thousands of other illegals continue to cross the border with disease and/or the lack of a skill set to support themselves. Crime, illegal drug availability and national financial insolvency issues will continue to explode in volume if the issues at hand aren't resolved.
Look, folks, we all have sympathy for the downtrodden and those in need, but the United States of America does not have the resources or the requirement to neglect her own citizens and their needs for the benefit of those who don't belong here. Borders and laws are a matter of sovereignty and they are one of the most important duties of the President of the United States who has decided to look the other way and encourage the human invasion. And for people like the late rancher Rob Krentz, it's too late to change things and his family has to go on without him. For the other rancher mentioned, John Ladd, it means that he is spending an inordinate amount of time maintaining added security for his family since the federal government clearly doesn't care. And sadly, there are thousands of other American citizens near the border living under these threats.
If you think this isn't a problem, take a trip out to sunny Arizona and go down to Tombstone Territory. You'll find that the modern times bring a new meaning to the old term, "The Wild, Wild West." Let's secure our borders, put Americans first, not just in Arizona but every state in the land and take our lives back. It's doable, but it takes good people everywhere to step up and get involved. God bless you all.