Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Border Battle Presents Challenges For Southern Arizona Ranchers

It's something southern Arizona ranchers deal with every day, but they said it took rancher Rob Krentz's death, killed by suspected illegal immigrants, to really make people pay attention. The border is constantly changing; from the type of people trying to cross illegally into the United States to the number of people trying to keep those illegal immigrants out. "Our family has been ranching here in southern Arizona, along the border since about 1938," said rancher Dan Bell. "It's not like it was in the days of old, where we had migrants looking for work. We've got this other element of smuggling involved," Bell said. That's just one of many changes lately, Bell said. He told CBS 5 News the sheer number of people crossing the border illegally has plummeted. But the type of people is becoming an even bigger problem. "We're still getting a lot of the smuggling through and evidence of the drug smuggling coming through," he explained. Bell has had two shootings nearby in just the past few months, both involved Border Patrol agents. The second shooting resulted in the death of agent Brian Terry. "That was just north of our ranch on our neighbors. And most likely the people that did that came through our ranch," Bell said...more

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