May 23, 2011
Some residents of remote and sparsely settled areas of southern Hudspeth and El Paso counties in West Texas call their area “almost America.”
Residents live on edge in the rugged area founded on the south by Mexico and on the three other compass points by U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints.
The reason: illegal border crossers, including drug smugglers, trying to elude U.S. Border Patrol agents.
“Almost America” is how Hudspeth County Commissioner Jim Ed Miller characterizes the condition he and his neighbors confront. His property is about a mile east of the Fort Hancock border crossing. He told the El Paso Times for a story published in Sunday’s editions that so many illegal immigrants and smugglers cross his property that he should charge a toll.