The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The unsolved murder Saturday of a soft-spoken rancher in southern Arizona erupted as a new flashpoint in the debate over illegal immigration, with conservative media and politicians demanding increased border security.
Less than two days after authorities found the body of 58-year-old Robert Krentz, political bloggers and talk-show hosts began denouncing the federal government for a perceived failure to protect U.S. citizens from violent smugglers and other illegal border crossers.
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Cochise County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas said detectives have no information on the lone gunman who shot Krentz, not even a nationality.
However, after deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents tracked footprints from the crime scene nearly 20 miles to the Mexican line, border-policy critics concluded that the killer must be an illegal immigrant.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 9:11 am