One part of our daily farm life that I haven't mentioned because I try to keep it positive is what it is like living on open land close to the Mexican border.
A rancher down South was murdered in cold blood while checking fence and water. The killer was tracked to Mexico and is believed to be a human or drug smuggler. See story here. I did not personally know this man but I feel so very deeply for his family. You see that could have been my husband killed. But for the grace of God go I is all I could think. Every time my husband goes out to see who is at the barn or running through fences in the middle of the night, or heck in the middle of the day, I pray he returns. I have played out what happened to Mr. Krentz over and over in my mind and prayed for protection.
Sadly, like a frog being boiled slowly to death, you get used to the danger. You learn to live with it. The only option is to sell out and move to a non-border state. Our federal government refuses to enforce immigration laws and seal the border. I wonder if Washington DC was on the border if somehow our lawless border would get more attention.
A neighboring vegetable grower by us turned in some human smugglers who were dumping folks on his farm. He received death threats and had to farm armed for protection. I do not know of a ranch family this could not have happened to. It is not just the Rancher that is in danger it is the children who live on these ranches that are caught in the middle of this violence too. Does one give up the rights of an American citizen by farming and ranching in Arizona? Should these families lives and livelihoods not be protected before the so called rights of illegal aliens? This lawlessness on the border has to stop.
I guess the sign above riddled with bullet holes wasn't kidding.
Here is an excerpt from an email I got from my dear friend who is a neighboring rancher.
"The truth is, being a border rancher (30 miles from the border), this could have happened to any one of my family or other neighbors. It is a tragedy and with this tragedy, my hope is people will start to listen. Please write to your congress representative and your senators to get the border sealed. Allow us ranchers to keep ranching knowing that illegals will not be a part of our daily routine (YES, DAILY!) We appreciate any of you that would do this..
There is also something you can do for the family if you so desire. WELLS FARGO has started a MEMORIAL FUND FOR ROBERT KRENTZ. This money will go to the family for any expenses they will incur."