Ranchers take message to legislators
Cattlemen's Association has plan to secure border with Mexico
The Sierra Vista Herald (AZ), April 13, 2010
In an initiative kicked into high gear as a result of the shooting death last month of longtime Douglas-area rancher Robert Krentz by a suspected illegal alien, Arizona ranching families will gather at the Arizona Capitol today to demand action to secure the border.
Southern Arizona ranchers have been meeting with local officials for the past 18 months, and the Arizona Cattlemens Association has developed a plan of action 'Restore Our Border' to secure the border.
The associations goal is to restore a feeling of safety among the American public on their own land, in their own country along the border with Mexico.
The associations plan will be revealed at a news conference at noon today at the capitol. Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, has called a special committee hearing for 2:30 p.m. today to discuss the criminal activities along the border. The committee will discuss the Restore Our Border plan and take testimony from southern Arizona ranch families.
The association says Restore Our Borders plan is one of action, not discussion points. For far too long, they say, American citizens have lived in fear for their lives and the lives of their families.
Krentzs killing on his ranch northeast of Douglas on March 27 touched off a firestorm from ranchers and friends of the well-known man whose family worked his land for more than 100 years. His killing evoked responses from politicians and citizens alike across the country.
For more information about the groups efforts, contact Patrick Bray at (602) 762-0671 or pbray@arizonabeef.