Illegal immigration imposing a high cost on Texas border counties
The influx of illegal immigrants into southern Texas is depleting law enforcement resources and causing heavy amounts of damage in the area, said several sheriffs gathered for the annual Sheriff’s Association of Texas convention.The counties being impacted the most have a high Hispanic population and the administration's policies are very costly to them and is helping to turn these counties red. The failure to protect the border will haunt Democrats for a long time.
“The damage is constant,” Brooks County chief deputy Benny Martinez told News 4 San Antonio at the conference, held in San Antonio on Monday and Tuesday.
Martinez estimated that 85 percent of cases he handles are related to immigration issues and that his rural county is not equipped to handle the workload. (RELATED: Border Meltdown: Obama Delivering 290,000 Illegals To U.S. Homes)
According to News 4, ranches just north of the border are facing ripped fences, broken water pipes and a spate of stolen, wrecked and abandoned vehicles.
“When you have to focus on the rush of undocumented immigrants coming through your county, what does that do to your staffing? Of course it kinda takes some of our staffing from being out on patrol,” Karnes County sheriff Dwayne Villaneuva told Time Warner News.
Reports of the heavy influx of illegal immigrants have so far mostly focused on the humanitarian aspect of the issue, ignoring the physical and financial impact on southern Texas counties.