Hikers, Photographers, Birdwatchers but No Border Patrol Agents
April 15th, 2010 by David K. Rehbein
Mr. Park Ranger, will you please open this gate so I can see if anyone was murdered today. On March 27, Robert Krentz, a Cochise County, Arizona rancher near the Mexican border was murdered. News reports here and here, among others, speculated that the crime was committed by an illegal immigrant or a drug cartel scout. A very recent Fox News story continues that line but also confirms the murderer entered and left the area by crossing the US-Mexico border through the San Bernadino National Wildlife Refuge which lies alongside the Krentz ranch. The worst part of the latest story though concerns the relationship between the Department of Interior which administers the refuge and the Department of Homeland Security which runs the Border Patrol. It seems the Dept of Interior is so concerned with protecting the little animals in the refuge that they throw roadblocks in front of the Border Patrol agents. In effect, the Border Patrol agents are only allowed to use their keys to unlock the gates in the event of an emergency. The rest of the time they are escorted by US Forest Service officials. Had I not investigated this myself and were I not intimately familiar with some of the really stupid things done by the employees of the federal government, I would not have believed this! A Border Patrol agent cannot go on federal property alone? He has to ask permission and be escorted? What the #@^%*#^$ is happening here? Let's see, where would I go to commit a crime? How about somewhere where the cops aren't allowed to go? Yeah, that's the ticket. Thankfully the news is also recounting how four US Representatives have introduced legislation to prevent the Interior Department from hindering the Border Patrol. But, for Pete's sake, why do we need a federal law to allow a federal agent to patrol on federal land. Something's gotten screwed up here big time. Anybody think that the illegal immigrant coyotes and drug smugglers and potential terrorists don't know about this? If that's you, I have ocean-front property next to that wildlife refuge to talk to you about. Wikipedia defines an accessory as
An accessory is a person who assists in the commission of a crime, but who does not actually participate in the commission of the crime as a joint principal.and also says
An accessory must generally have knowledge that a crime is being, or will be committed. A person with such knowledge may become an accessory by helping or encouraging the criminal in some way, or simply by failing to report the crime to proper authority. The assistance to the criminal may be of any type, including emotional or financial assistance as well as physical assistance or concealment.By my reading, the Department of the Interior is getting awfully close to fitting that definition. I know some of my legal friends will say that the burden of proof is much higher than that but anyone from the Interior Department especially those at the San Bernadino Refuge that can look you in the eye and say, "No, I didn't know there were illegal immigrants crossing though the refuge." also has some of the ocean-front property. Of course there is always the old, "Border Security isn't my responsibility." That's nothing more than the old "Not My Job." Get face-to-face with the Krentz family, tell them that and then go home and try to sleep at night. A website about the refuge says the following:
While there's lots of birds (more than 270 species), reptiles (55 species) and mammals (62 species) at San Bernardino, the property is managed primarily for the benefit of endangered fish species like the Yaqui topminnow, Yaqui catfish, Yaqui beautiful shiner and Yaqui chub. San Bernardino NWR is open for hiking, photography, birdwatching and hunting (dove, quail, cottontail, in season). Fishing, camping and off-road vehicular traffic are not allowed.So how many Arizona ranchers are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of a Yaqui topminnow? Just as well put up a sign that says "Border Crossing Open Here". Over eight years since the attacks on 9/11 and we still can't get control of our borders This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, this is a National Security issue and it is way past time that it was dealt with and the borders secured. Our sympathies to the family of Robert Krentz. His death is on the conscience of every American.
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