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Re: “The Krentz Bonfire

Roy Warden certainly has a lot of opinions to throw around, but then he who have the strongest opinions usually has the fewest facts ! As a cattleman who has lived near the border for the last 40 years and an active "minuteman" since their creation, i have some opinions that are based on facts. We (the Cattlemen) have met repeatedly with every governor since Fife Symington trying to get something done about the lawlessness on and near the border; all the governors with the exception of Janet Napolitano have tried their best to get the Federal Government to live up to their responsibilities, all to little or no avail.
There isn't a cattlemen's meeting that's occurred iin So. Az in the last 5 years that hasn't contained a strategy session on what to do about the illegal and drug situation along the border; we work as closely as possible with the Border Patrol and groups such as the Minutemen to report any illegal activity. The situation has changed dramatically along the border in the last 15-20 years; the illegals we see today are not in the same category as those we have seen in the past; today's illegal traffic is dangerous, ruthless, and intent on crime rather than finding work. Residents along the border are at wits' end trying to survive the traffic, impact, and volume of today's illegal border activity. Cattlemen are negatively impacted by this activity just like every other Arizonan, only becuase of their remoteness and proximate to the border they deal with it first and to a far higher degree than residents of most of the rest of the State. The formal plan published by the Cattleman's Assoc. serves as an excellent starting point for beginning to resolve border issues, in fact a number of our suggestions have been adopted by Senators McCain and Kyl in their proposal for getting Congress to address these issues.
Clearly the last thing any of us need is for any more windbags to pontificate on what some other person or group is doing wrong to address the situation, and let's try to work together to coordinate, fund, and direct a unified effort to get the Federal Government, with the help and cooperation of local law enforcement, to bring all illegal activity anywhere near the border or in the rest Arizona to a halt.

Bill McGibbon

Posted by WAM on 04/30/2010 at 11:05 AM

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