I'm sure you all remember the story of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz who was killed in March on his own property 35 miles outside of the border town of Douglas, AZ. Police say Krentz, whose family has been ranching in southern Arizona since 1907, was gunned down early one Saturday morning by an illegal immigrant while out on his ATV tending to fences and water lines on the family's 34,000-acre cattle ranch.
This tragedy ignited a debate on immigration, border security and the rights of the ranchers working alongside the border. Theft, robbery, vandalism and drug smuggling have always been part of the illegal immigration issues facing American families in that area, and yet, nobody expected murder to be added to the list.
My thoughts and prayers have been with the friends and family of Robert Krentz since his death, but now our prayers are needed more than ever for Robert’s widow, Sue. She was recently hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street with a friend just outside the Catholic church in their home town. Reports indicate that she has a lacerated spleen, internal bleeding, broken ribs, broken leg, fractured pelvis, head trauma, and facial fractures.
According to the article I read, “Ramon Saucedo, 66, struck Sue Krentz and Shirley Gregory as they crossed the street outside St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 1211 E. 15th St. Police booked him into jail on suspicion of DUI, endangerment and aggravated assault.”
Again, my thoughts and prayers are with the Krentz family during this time. What are your thoughts on the Robert Krentz murder, border security, immigration and ranching rights in that area? If you are farm or ranch near the border, I would love to hear your experiences and insights on this topic.