Ranchers living in Texas’ vast Brooks County are blaming the Obama administration’s amnesty rhetoric for the noticeable increase of illegal immigrants crossing through their lands.
Rancher and Texas Border Volunteers co-founder Dr. Mike Vickers says he’s noticed more trash along footpaths, and has even run across people seeking help.
“We had two groups, Sunday a week ago,” Vickers told KRGV. “Seven of them gave up to me. They were Hondurans and Salvadorans.”
Vickers has witnessed an uptick in empty water bottles along paths around his and other properties, a sign that smuggling routes are being increasingly traversed.
Vickers and his band of volunteers, which aid the U.S. Border Patrol in detaining and apprehending illegals, are prepared to confront yet another wave of immigrants crossing through the county re-invigorated by amnesty chatter.
“My feeling is and the intel that I’m receiving from law enforcement is that we’re going to see a new surge,” Vickers predicts. “A new surge of traffic coming through.”
The spike was also predicted last month when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hinted that “the influx could grow again this winter.”
“We believe it is necessary to build more of that capability in the event we have another spike,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies meeting in October.
If an increase unfolds, Vickers lays the blame squarely at the Obama administration’s feet, which has for months been circulating rumors regarding a unilateral executive order which would legalize millions of immigrants who entered the United States illegally.
“Every time he opens his mouth about immigration and what he’s gonna do, there’s a huge negative impact on us that live out here along the border, especially in the rural areas where all the smuggling trails are,” said Vickers.
“There’s no question if he takes an executive action for some kind of an immigration issue that allows amnesty, allows them to stay here, we’re gonna be covered up again. There’s gonna be another wave, a flood of people coming from all over the world to get in here.”
For Vickers and other Brooks County ranchers, the “negative impact” is readily tangible.
“Property damage is staggering. And if you’ll look at the fences south of the [Falfurrias Border Patrol] checkpoint, there’s a 12-mile stretch there where the ranchers along the highway cannot run cattle on the ranch because those fences are constantly being destroyed on a daily basis,” Dr. Vickers exclusively told Infowars. “And our perimeter fences around the rest of the ranch are constantly being compromised. Last week, the boys spent two days out here fixing five or six spots where the fences were either cut or torn down by large groups of people coming through.”
Smugglers’ sometimes violent nature also makes Vickers fear for his family’s lives.
“There’s been a number of encounters with these guys. There’s eminent danger out here. These people have criminal intent,” Dr. Vickers told us in July. “It would be nothing for us to be killed and the house ransacked and vehicles stolen.”
Indeed, while many illegals emigrate to the US in search of a better life, Infowars has reported on illegal alien burglary rings which were busted after breaking into secluded South Texas ranch homes mainly searching for firearms.
Also in July, we uncovered a story regarding six MS-13 gang members who beat a Maryland homeless man to death after he got into an argument with one of their female counterparts. Curiously buried in a video report by ABC affiliate WJLA was a quick mention that all six arrested were illegal immigrants.
Obama’s promise of amnesty not only negatively impacts ranchers, but also costs the lives of immigrants risking the perilous trek through Texas’ unrelenting brush country.
Earlier this year, Infowars reported on the more macabre revelation of “rape trees” commonly found along smuggling routes, in addition to the more gruesome discovery that ranchers in Brooks County would not eat wild hogs found in the region due to the chance that they had likely fed on illegal immigrants who died after succumbing to thirst, heat exhaustion or starvation in the harsh Texas terrain.