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U.S. Ranchers On Border Plead For Help Amid Onslaught

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This article was written by Alex Newman and originally published at The New American

Hundreds of distraught ranchers and other citizens living near the increasingly dangerous U.S.-Mexico border met with elected officials in the small town of Animas, New Mexico, last week to share their horror stories of lawlessness and plead for proper border security. Despite bogus claims by politicians and the Obama administration about the southern border region allegedly being “secure,” those speaking at the summit blasted the “invasion” and said the security situation was spiraling out of control. It is time for serious action, local citizens said.

Smugglers and other criminals are pouring across the often undefended border, residents explained, jeopardizing their livelihoods and even their lives — not to mention national security. Some of the speakers had even lost loved ones in the lawlessness. And despite years of pleading with federal and state officials for help, residents, activists, and ranchers sounded exasperated, saying their pleas had gone unanswered so far. More boots on the ground are needed, locals said. At least one retired lawman suggested that sheriffs deputize citizens. Some attendees even called for deploying troops to the border.

Inspiring the meeting, according to attendees quoted in media reports, was the kidnapping of a local American ranch hand. The victim reportedly happened upon a caravan of drug runners from the other side of the border while working on a cattle ranch in New Mexico’s “Bootheel” region along the border with Mexico. Tricia Elbrock, co-owner of the company that employs the kidnapping victim, was quoted in the Albuquerque Journal recounting what happened in December of last year.

“They kidnapped him, tied him up, threw all our tools out and fittings and loaded our company vehicle with all the drugs,” Elbrock explained. “They waited ’til dark to leave the ranch. They needed him to help guide them through to the highway…. This is still pretty raw. We got him back safe. They did rough him up, but we got him back. It’s a mess. I don’t know what to tell you. We have got to have help down here.” The FBI is investigating.

At the meeting, the wife and son of Robert Krentz, a prominent Arizona rancher murdered by a suspected illegal border crosser on his own property, also spoke out. “Fifteen-hundred people have been killed by illegal immigrants since Rob was killed,” Krentz’s widow Sue was quoted as saying in media reports. “My message is we need to secure the border. We don’t need to create new laws, we need to enforce the ones we have…. We are now witnessing brutal mob behavior and many have no intent to assimilate into the community.”

So far, the government has ignored the desperate pleas for help. “When we asked for better security on the border, we were told security is not to be expected,” Sue continued. “Families on the border — our lives are expendable.” She also displayed a T-shirt after the meeting that was covered with the names and dates of Americans killed by illegal immigrants. “Let’s never have more names on a Stolen Lives Quilt or the back of a T-shirt,” she was quoted as saying. “Stop this invasion!”

Robert Krentz, Sue’s husband, was murdered in March of 2010 after ranching on the Krentz ranch since 1977. The family had been ranching in the area since the 19th century, according to reports. He was shot and killed after going out and reporting having seen an immigrant in need of assistance — a common occurrence in the area. While law enforcement initially suspected an illegal immigrant of the slaying, investigations later suggested a smuggler could have been responsible.

Frank Krentz, the murder victim’s son, told attendees at the meeting that the family used to help out immigrants in trouble on their ranch. “We approached them as Christians, even after we had our house broken into, our vehicles and things stolen, our waterline broken,” the younger Krentz was quoted as saying by Arizona Range News. “But after losing my father, all that has changed. We don’t put ourselves in situations where we risk getting hurt.”

“This is a problem that needs more attention than what is given to it,” Frank also said.

Others speaking out at the townhall-style meeting included fellow ranchers who warned of similar problems and called for more Border Patrol agents to be placed along the border, where in the area the agents are often stationed dozens of miles from the border. One speaker also asked that ranchers and residents be notified when there are incidents in their area, because it exposes their homes to danger when criminals are fleeing to elude capture. Also sounding the alarm was a veterinarian, who warned about the health implications for livestock, the economy, and even humans of not being able to properly test people coming across the border for diseases.

A video that was played highlighted some of the numbers involved, underscoring the enormity of the problem. According to the video, more than 1.5 million pounds of marijuana and cocaine were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol in 2015 in the area. That same year, more than 330,000 Mexican citizens and almost 150,000 “other than Mexicans” were apprehended. That includes more than a few coming from nations known for major problems with terrorism, tyranny, and anti-American hatred.

The meeting, which took place in Animas less than 50 miles away from the border, featured the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association. More than 500 people attended, including local, state, and federal officials, according to media reports. The main goal was to get elected officials to pay attention to the situation, realize the urgency of doing something, and taking serious action, including by putting more agents on the border.

“The folks down there have never gotten any relief from illegal crossings,” New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association Executive Director Caren Cowan was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “And things have ramped up. These people are desperate. They are absolutely desperate.” Previous cries for help and meetings have not resulted in assistance. “We have had countless meetings with government agencies over the years, and I say this with all due respect, all we hear about is what they are trying to do and nothing gets done,” Cowan added.

Law-enforcement advocate and Homeland Security expert Andy Ramirez, a border-security expert who has testified on the issue before Congress, noted that the problems discussed at the latest meeting are nothing new. “There is no real change from a decade ago when the Bootheel [region of New Mexico] was overrun and Gov. [Bill] Richardson had to call out the National Guard,” he said. “Problem is you have corruption and that was always a weak border zone as I testified back in the day. But this is how it has been under successive administrations.”

He also said the problem originated in Washington, D.C., far from those affected most by it. “Who is most responsible for putting the civilians through this? David Aguilar who, as then-chief of the Border Patrol and later Acting CBP Commissioner before retiring, ultimately destroyed the Border Patrol,” Ramirez added. “Agents put their lives on the line but continue to get no help from DC. Who suffers? Civilians, especially along that line of death and corruption.”

Other experts echoed those concerns, telling The New American that meeting attendees supported the Border Patrol and realized the problems were coming from on high. “One thing that stood out at the meeting was how the people supported the rank and file Border Patrol officers,” said Rick Dalton, vice president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), who spoke at the meeting. “These ranchers and farmers know that it’s the administration that handcuffs these brave and good public servants, basically guaranteeing failure in the job of securing the border.”

Dalton, a retired lawman, also emphasized that border sheriffs have the authority to enforce immigration laws, “and of course the criminal laws that apply to the activities of the cartels and human smugglers.” He urged the audience at the meeting to pressure their elected sheriffs to help out. “Because of the distances that must be covered, law enforcement help is often an hour or more away,” he added. “Sheriffs can deputize some of the people, giving them the authority to make arrests, though this can be a very dangerous situation, with the way the illegals are armed and equipped.”

“I also urged the people to vet their sheriffs and make sure to elect Constitutional ones,” Dalton explained.

Despite claims from politicians in Washington, D.C., it is clear that the border is nowhere close to what a reasonable person would describe as “secure.” That is by design, of course. But the people suffering on the front lines of that are only the first to be victimized. If Congress does not get serious about demanding the enforcement of federal laws on border security, all of America will face the consequences, too. It is time to restore law and order on the border.


Brandon Smith



  1. Have there been any thoughts of Oath Keepers going down there to assist some of those ranchers in keeping their property and people secure?

    1. It does sound like something we could do, would be a break from the Northwest rain. Will there be a back hoe available?

    2. I think the Oathkeepers have been there before, but they all have lives and families. The government is responsible, yet they sit on their azzes and argue about it, trying to figure out a way to erase the border completely. Not to mention, the Justice Department would surely file and charge any civilian with a hundred different ways, insinuating they’re “homegrown terrorists”. Especially if they carry guns. We live in dangerous times, our own government has turned their backs on the people.

  2. If we are waiting for congress to get serious about anything other than voting themselves pay raises or exempting themselves from their own laws….We have a very long wait on our hands, especially when you consider the fact that those who purposefully created the problem are the ones we are asking to solve it….NOT GONNA HAPPEN…!!!
    Our government has failed us. It is up to We The People to solve this problem and the problem of a corrupt and criminal government by any and all constitutional means.

  3. This is a direct violation of the constitution Article IV, Section 4, which guarantees protection from invasion! Of the few responsibilities the feds actually have, this is the most important! They (feds) are traitors! And, if they aren’t going to be held to account, then why bother with any of this! How about the feds rewrite the constitution so they don’t have to be oath breakers, law breakers, and traitors! Oh, and they are also guarantee protection from domestic violence, so all the riots, and violence directed at trump rallies are again unconstitutional! And soros, and crew, should be behind bars! BLM (black lives matter) should not be running amok. but instead, the feds turn against our food production and go after defenseless ranchers in the middle of nowhere! The feds no longer represent us, so why do we continue to foot the bill!

  4. The situation on the Mexican border is a result of “no consequence” for those who en masse run the border. In contrast, the Canadian border is well regulated as there is a true consequence for illegal entry. As a result the word is out that the southern border is the most porous border on the planet. I know because I’ve been on both borders to observe the difference. You know because there are few pukes trying to invade from the north, as in they could take a boat to any shore…but they only hit the southern border.

  5. When I heard of Sue Krentz ‘ car accident I thought it was attempted assassination. So good to know that she has recovered this much. This situation has been insane for decades. We are an unwalled village in almost all ways – not just the border.

  6. This is the most pressing issue facing our country. It is an invasion and should be a (if not THE) top priority for any group that professes to defend the Constitution and the US of A, including our own federal and state governments. Maybe this is an opportunity to provide some training and integration for interested citizens without a lot of formal LE or military training and at the same time draw positive attention to both OK and wider state militia purposes.

    1. Remember George H.W. Bush Called these Patriots that tried patrolling and defending the border vigilantes!

      1. I remember a rancher ‘s billboard in Cochise county addressing then President Bush that if this were Crawford TX the Marines would have already been sent. The citizens have been crying for relief many decades now.

  7. At some point the job of securing the border just has to be done, right? We all agree it’s an invasion plain and simple. I know….easy for me to say from the comforts of my home…. Why isn’t there more outcry from ICE and BP?

  8. The rush to the border from the south is being encouraged by the Mexican government because billions of dollars are expected to be at risk under a Trump presidency.

  9. Found this on the Southern Nevada Oath Keepers Facebook page. It’s an eye-opening article. A rancher on the border tells the truth about the death of Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie in 2012, based on the Cochise County Sheriff’s crime report. The death of Agent Ivie was not from friendly fire as the government and the media said, but from armed drug cartel criminals who fled into Mexico.

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