Opponents of Arizona’s tough new law directed at illegal aliens claim that the bill is racist and will give police the right to harass every Hispanic person they encounter. What they refuse to admit is that much of our country is becoming a war zone, and a lot of the violence is being caused by people who are in this country illegally. 

A few weeks ago, Arizona rancher Roger Krentz was killed by suspected illegal aliens, possibly in retaliation for his brother leading authorities to a drug stash found on the family ranch a day earlier.

Krentz, 58,  was known as a good Samaritan who often brought water and medical aid to illegal aliens lost in Arizona’s scorching desert, where summer temperatures often top out at 120 degrees. In spite of repeated acts of vandalism to his property and equipment, and at least one burglary to his home that were attributed to illegal aliens, Krentz preferred to see the good in people.

A few days ago, a news story from Tucson television station KOLD reported that Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector had caught nine illegal aliens over the weekend, and that seven of them were convicted sex offenders. Other illegals arrested the same weekend included one double murderer, and another who had been convicted of attempted murder.

On March 1st, police in Henderson County, North Carolina arrested two suspected illegal aliens (later confirmed to be in this country illegally) for stealing over 500 railroad spikes from the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. A news story by Greenville television station WYFF says the men’s actions could have resulted in catastrophic consequences had a train derailed. Wouldn’t this be classified as an act of terrorism?

Friday, a Pinal County, Arizona sheriff’s deputy was shot by a group of drug smugglers when he encountered them near Interstate 8, about 50 miles south of Phoenix. The weapon believed used in the shooting was an AK-47, a military style rifle. Police said that as many as 30 rounds were fired at the deputy, who returned fire with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a handgun.

An Associated Press story said that seventeen illegal aliens were caught in the manhunt that followed. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported that more than one helicopter used in the manhunt came under fire from the criminals on the ground.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said crimes like these have “reached a critical mass for law enforcement.” The Sheriff said that he has requested help from federal officials, to no avail. “The smugglers know the police are after them, and the fact they are firing upon us changes the game,” said Sheriff Babeu. The incident prompted Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to comment that “Contrary to what some leaders say, our borders are not secure.”

Gun battles with AK-47s, innocent citizens murdered, railroad tracks vandalized that could cause a catastrophe, firing at police helicopters. It sounds like war to me. And yet, people who are opposed to cracking down on illegal aliens want us to believe that they are all honest, hard working people who just want a better life for themselves and their children.

We are going to see more and more violence related to the illegal alien issue, and we will also see incidents where frightened or enraged Americans retaliate, maybe against the evildoers, and unfortunately, maybe against the first brown face they see.

Despite the vocal protests of supporters of those who are in our country illegally, and the likes of Al Sharpton, the truth is that a lot of Americans are fed up, not just in Arizona, but across the country. Legislators in South Carolina just introduced a bill similar to Arizona’s new law allowing police officers to verify the status of suspected illegal aliens, and to arrest those found to be in the state illegally. In Ohio, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says he will spearhead an initiative to be put before the voters, based upon Arizona’s law. “Our federal government has let us down on immigration reform,” Jones said in a news release. “Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try,”

Since Washington seems incapable of even believing there is a problem, let alone addressing it, I believe that more and more states will take on the issue themselves. Somebody has to do something!

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18 Comments on It’s Becoming A War Zone

  1. Ken H says:

    Nick, you are right again. Seems to me the cops would do well to start checking at some of the protests. Like my dad always said, hurt dog yelps first.
    Sadly, I fear you are correct in that someone will “vigilante up” and kill some real citizen and then the furor will only escalate. Following that, some idiots will pass a new law restricting law abiding citizens even more.

  2. Sharon says:

    It’s hard to believe the protesters of this new law don’t understand the intent of it. Thanks for keeping us aware of the *real* side of illegal immigration problems, Nick.

  3. Keep after ’em, Nick. When we see the news these days, we just cringe. Our home in Benson, AZ, isn’t terribly far from the border. The park recently announced that illegals had been seen here.

  4. Bob Derivan says:

    Three cheers for the state of Arizona – Everyone who thinks the law is wrong needs to get the facts.
    Those who are demonstrating in Phoenix most likely are either illegal themselves or have family/close friends who are illegal –
    Round them all up and check their IDs –
    Demonstrating against a new law that says it is illegal to be illegal is probable cause for arrest… in my opinion –

    The following information IS compiled from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security reports:

    * 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens.
    * 86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens.
    * 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.
    * 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals
    * 40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals
    * 48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals
    * 29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons f ill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually
    * 53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens.
    * 50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens
    * 71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes”.
    * 47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens.
    * 63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens
    * 66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens.
    * 380,000 plus “anchor babies” were born in the US to illegal alien parents in just one year, making 380,000 babies automatically US citizens.

    * 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayer

  5. Rod B says:

    Yes, the border needs to be secured so immigration reform can be discussed. Could some of the troops that secure other country’s borders could be reassigned to secure our borders?

    As the latest police officer shooting was near the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range, where many illegals & drugs cross, maybe a few practice runs could be an “opps”.

  6. ZoAnn Lapinsky says:

    Good article, Nick. Thanks to you and Bob for the great stats.

    My main problems with this are the “show me your papers” thing. Just seems too Nazi-ish. And this: Legal aliens are required to carry their papers, but no one else. So how in the world will the police know if they are talking to a 100%-Born-in-the-USA American of Hispanic descent, or an illegal alien? The citizen will not be required to have proof, and the illegal, of course, won’t.

    And saying the American-born should just carry their birth certificate to avoid being arrested is like saying women shouldn’t go out after dark to avoid being raped.

    If you think this is ugly now, wait until a Hispanic citizen of the US is arrested and jailed for not having a green card.

  7. Thank You Bob for the real facts. OK ! Folks November. is your chance to do something about the lack of action by our Congress on this Issue. Vote the in a effective bums out that are now in office. And get some real responsible replacements.

  8. Karen Knoll says:

    Nick, you hit the nail on the head…again! We’re originally from Chicago and are they having a problem with gangs! They’re talking about National Guard assistance! Luis Gutierrez is their representative but somehow has put national problems over his own city! BTW, ZoAnn…don’t you have to carry a driver’s license and proof of auto insurance when you drive a vehicle? Don’t you need to carry a passport if visiting a foreign country? Why is there such brewhaha over carrying papers to prove you are a U.S. citizen or a green card???

  9. Jerry Criswell says:

    And don’t forget. They have to be stopped for something else before their citizenship can be questioned.


  10. Steve says:

    I have a hard time reconciling my patriotic love of American Freedoms and the fact that those freedoms are being abrogated for a false sense of security.
    ZoAnn makes a good point about “show me your papers.” It smacks of totalitarianism.
    Will it really make you safer, having to go through check-points and submit to warrantless searches of your property? I think not.
    Those tactics in part are what makes people yearn for a better life here.
    I know, that is not the intent of the Arizona law. But, as written, it does begin the process of eroding our Constitutional rights as citizens.
    The worst criminals are the employers who knowingly hire illegals.
    Criminals should be lawfully treated for what they are.

  11. MichaelG says:

    According to what I read, Arizona’s crime rate is the lowest it has been in decades. Illegals commit crimes at lower rates than similarly poor citizens.

    See How Immigration Crackdowns Backfire

    Here’s what’s really going on here:

    – America wants drugs. America also tries to arrest anyone who uses them or supplies them. Nearly all the violence is related to our inability to deal with this problem.

    – Americans think that just because they are Americans, they should be paid five or ten times as much as similarly skilled people in other parts of the world. People who think that are dreaming.

    – Rich countries around the world (not just us) think they can draw a border and keep the world’s poor on the other side. They are dreaming.

    – The government, politicians and business leaders know all this. They resist immigration reform because they know that there are no good choices.

    Cut the cheap labor and the factories and farms will shut down. Stop immigration and the U.S. will have the same demographic problems as Europe and Japan — too many old people and not enough young workers to pay their benefits. We also need the college educated immigrants to keep our high tech industries running, since not enough Anglo kids go into technology any more (and the ones that do, get hired by the Department of Defense.)

    – Anti-immigration measures like the Arizona law are like flag burning or anti-pornography laws. No politician thinks they will work, they just pass them to get votes from the gullible.

  12. Bill Auld says:

    MichaelG, I think you need to broaden your thought process. You have same great points, but so does the other side. The immigration debate is so complex that it is going to take some level headed politicians to bring the immigration problem to a worthy conclusion.
    Right or wrong a law is a law and it should be obeyed.


  13. Allan says:

    The federal gov’t should protect the countries borders. States have the rights and responsibility to protect the citizens in their state. The federal gov’t does not have the right to interfer with the states laws especially when it is not protecting the countries borders.

  14. wayne hanson says:

    well, if i get stopped by the cops i have to show an I.D. whats wrong with asking for anyone elses I.D.???? why do we have to protect criminals???? i live in texas and know many illegals. most have no intention of staying and making a life here. they send there money back to mexico, they use our system to the max getting whatever free stuff they can and they have no problem stealing from anybody.i wonder how many that are protesting arizonas’s law actually live anywhere near a border state???? or are they from new york. california etc. as the failures of the federal gov’t. increase the states that are affected will have to provide protection for there citizens. and thanks to the second amendment we can also protect ourselves, if need be.

  15. Dale says:

    To Wayne: FYI, New York has about the same number, if not more, illegals than Arizona.

    You do not have to live in a border state to have many of the same problems that Arizona is facing. We lived on Long Island, next town over from Farmingville (which made national news several times because illegals were beaten up by locals). Most of the illegals were hard working decent folks. But, don’t get me wrong – if they’re illegal, they don’t belong in the U.S. except to spend their money on vacation IMHO.

    “For all those who are here illegally, there are plenty more who are here legally or are actually citizens and stopping someone solely on race is a violation of their rights.” This quote is from a policeman who works in a high crime area of the city where he is employed.

    As our population ages, we will need to address the issue of labor in all areas where physical well being is necessary. But, if that answer is for folks to come in from other countries, then they should have to pay for the right to work!

    Finally, criminals are criminals and there are just as many home brewed criminals as there are folks in come in illegally. Decisions made solely on fear can be very harmful.

  16. Bob says:

    We have been traveling in AZ about three weeks and it is amazing what you learn talking to the locals that you do not hear on the news. We need more of AZ ideas and to untie the hands of the police and Border Patrol. Stop with political correctness and defend America and her citizens. illegal is illegal!

  17. Gina says:

    We all have to carry ID and show it regularly. It is not an unfair burden, in my estimation.

  18. Dale says:

    No, it’s not an unfair burden if EVERYONE has to carry papers. But, if everyone has to carry papers, then everyone should be prepared to be stopped for any reason whatsoever for a papers check. And remember pre-WWII in Germany, first it was the Jews and then it was the Gypsies and then it was the next group, and the next and the next.

    How much liberty are we willing to give up for security? For those who want a smaller government, this will promote exactly the opposite.

    Be careful of what you wish for.

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