By Rick Oltman, March 28, 2017
March 27 marked the grim anniversary of the murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz by illegal aliens. The report on FOX News described the scene, speculated about the killer, and spoke to neighbors about the smuggling of drugs and illegal aliens into the country.
“What a great guy he was,” remembers his wife, Sue Krentz. “If someone was stranded on the road he would take them to town. When some illegal aliens crossing his ranch were struck by lightning once, he got assistance for them.”
Regarding the subject of illegal immigration over the past three decades, Rob’s wife said, “We were always told to be nice to the illegals. If we were good to the illegals, they would be good back. We always saw illegal aliens heading north, but it was mostly seasonal ranch workers who stayed a couple months and then went home. It was steady, but in low numbers. In 1987 (the year the IRCA Amnesty kicked into high gear), we started seeing women for the first time, and children.” Sue remembers many times giving water to dehydrated babies. “We began seeing women 8 months pregnant. At least a half a dozen times, loaded vans would overturn on the highway. We saw pregnant women coming out of the vans.” She once saw a woman stand up in a field near the highway, and seven children stood up beside her.
In 1991, they started seeing more and more illegals in bunches of 125 to 150 people. They started experiencing damage to the ranch: damaged water lines, draining two or three tanks. One of their baby calves was beaten to death by a group of illegals with a fence post who then cooked and ate it.
Eerily, Rob told Sue before she left for Phoenix the weekend he was killed that he had a feeling that something was going to go wrong.
A close friend who misses Rob deeply summed up his tragic death succinctly, “It’s a result of our failure to protect our border. If we had been doing our job as a country, that guy never would have been there. Rob would still be alive.”
Rob Krentz is what we call an “unnecessary victim.” It refers to a comment from Part One of Winston Church’s massive memoir The Second World War: The Gathering Storm. In the preface, Churchill wrote, “One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once ‘the Unnecessary War.’ There was never a war more easy to stop than that which has just wrecked what was left of the world from the previous struggle.” Churchill warned the world for years of the Gathering Storm.
Likewise, activists, citizens, ranchers and honest elected officials have been ringing the alarm for over twenty-five years about the lack of border security and what it would lead to. That is what makes the loss of Rob Krentz so unnecessary. It could have been prevented if the government was doing its job, securing the border, and enforcing our immigration laws.
And the final tragic irony is that this man, by every account a most dependable, reliable man, who never ever let anyone down, was ultimately let down by the government and the law of the country that he believed in.
Let us support, however we can, the efforts now under way to rectify the situation and return to the rule of law in our country. The loss of men like Rob Krentz underscores that effort.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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