Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Many ranchers will be cautious

People who live and work along the U.S.-Mexican border in Cochise County plan to be more cautious as a result of the shooting death of a rancher near Douglas over the weekend. Bill Odle, who lives along Border Road next to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, said he and his wife, Ellen Logue, are trying to be more aware of the illegal immigrants who cross their property. Glenn Spencer, who owns property across the river from Odle, said he is “taking extra precautions.” He did not want to elaborate, except to say that “we are deploying some additional technology.” Richard Hodges, a rancher near Bisbee Junction, said he has been concerned for a long time about Americans getting killed by drug smugglers. Now, when Hodges goes into his pasture, he said he plans to look up on the hill for spotters, and when he gets on top of ridges, he will stop and see if anybody is around him. “Almost all of the drug runners now are armed. Virtually every one of them is armed,” he said. “It used to be that they didn’t bring weapons into the United States. And then you started seeing an armed escort that went with the drug runners. Now, either everyone is packing a weapon or they have the armed escort with them.”...more

This is not Afghanistan or The Balkans, this is and has been happening in the USA. What a shame.

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