Ranchers fed up with border violence in southern Arizona are demanding action to close the border and restore order in what they called a lawless area ruled by criminals.
A ranching group delivered a plan at an event at the Capitol for confronting drug and human smuggling, extortion and kidnapping and eliminating the murders that go with them. Their demands come in the wake of the slaying of Robert Krentz, 58, on his ranch near Douglas last month.
But ranchers say the problem has been festering for years.
"Southern Arizona is a war zone controlled by outside criminal forces," said Patrick Bray of the Arizona Cattlemen's Association.
The organization's 18-point plan for attacking crime along the border asks local, state and federal agencies for assistance. Members said they don't care which side of the political aisle it comes from. The full text of the plan is available at www.azcattlemens assoc.org.
Ideas include prosecuting as a felon anyone coming into the U.S. illegally, banning them from ever working or living in the country, authorizing the use of force to intercept vehicles and aircraft entering the country illegally, putting active military and National Guard units along the border, and adding more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents in Arizona by 2011.
Ginger Niesen of Phoenix was there to back the ranchers, saying theirs is a difficult enough way to make a living without the threat of attack.
"They're sitting ducks out there," Niesen said. "They're scared in their homes."
Gary Thrasher, a Hereford cattle veterinarian, said the glossy Arizona Highways magazine images of southern Arizona no longer are realistic. He said the border has effectively been moved north, into southern Arizona, and the territory has been "ceded to a bunch of criminals."
Douglas-area rancher Don Kimble described an invasion of armed people hauling contraband.
"The last 10 years, it's gotten steadily worse," Kimble said.
The group announced its plan at a midday news conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday. The event was supposed to be held outdoors, but protesters opposing new immigration measures moving through the Legislature banged on drums, chanted and shouted into bullhorns, forcing the event inside to a state Senate meeting room.
The protesters said they were there to oppose state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, and his immigration legislation.
Originally posted by zzombie
reply to post by tothetenthpower
Bush repealed posse comitatus, which prohibited military from enforcing civilian law i.e. makes martial law possible. en.wikipedia.org...
The last thing America needs is the military enforcing civilian laws, but they can and should protect the border.
Originally posted by PennyQ
stopped listening to the 'goody twoshoes, whinging dogooders' who are the cause of many, many of our modern societal woes.