Feral Hogs target illegals trying to evade capture
The last time Deputy Don White recovered a corpse, in early May, it had been ripped apart by feral hogs. He found human body parts and clothing scattered over about a 100-foot area on a cattle ranch in Brooks County, Texas, about 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. The man had been dead for about three weeks.
The hogs, says White, “took the arms — the scapula will oftentimes come loose, and so the whole arm goes. So, the arms all the way up to scapula, and the feet were gone.” At that point in the decomposition process, explains the 68-year-old White, it’s hard to see the bones in the grass. He found the clothing first, then a pair of yellow boots, then a mandible.
It was the yellow boots, together with some Honduran currency in a pants pocket, that confirmed this was the man White had been sent to find. The two women who drove down from Dallas a few days earlier had given the Brooks County Sheriff’s office a detailed description of their nephew, along with his last known location. They hoped he might still be alive, lost somewhere in the vast ranchlands of Brooks County. But they had their suspicions, says White, that he was dead.
The man had been with a small group of other illegal immigrants, led by a smuggler, who were hiking around the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint outside the tiny town of Falfurrias, Texas. They had already crossed the Rio Grande without being detected, and their last obstacle was to get around the checkpoint unnoticed.
Groups like these — single adult migrants attempting to evade law enforcement — are now crossing the border in near-record numbers. Media coverage of the ongoing border crisis has focused almost exclusively on the children and families turning themselves in and claiming asylum. During the last border crisis, in the spring of 2019, the vast majority of those caught crossing illegally were children and families, mostly from Central America.
But now, the situation has reversed. Since October, children and families have accounted for less than one-third of all apprehensions at the border, while the vast majority, more than 70 percent, have been single adults.
Of the 178,000 apprehensions at the border in April, more than 111,000 were single adults. Most of them, if caught, won’t be able to claim asylum. They instead face immediate expulsion under a pandemic-related safety protocol invoked by President Trump and continued under President Biden. So they’re trying not to get caught.
That means sneaking around checkpoints, hiding in stash houses, arranging to be picked up on remote country roads, and, if spotted by law enforcement, running. High-speed car chases and bailouts — when a pursued vehicle stops suddenly and everyone inside bails out and runs in different directions — have become common this spring in Brooks County, as have broken fences and car-jackings. The sparsely populated county is home to one of the largest and busiest of 33 permanent inland Border Patrol checkpoints, which means it’s a bottleneck in the northward flow of illegal immigration, and a hotbed of all the problems that come with it.
It’s been a bottleneck for decades, ever since Border Patrol built the checkpoint south of town in 1994. But ranch owners and law enforcement officials tell me this is the worst they’ve ever seen. It’s not just car chases and broken fences, it’s also corpses.
In this Texas county officials have found 34 bodies of illegals who did not make it. The border patrol should consider deputizing the feral hogs to frighten the illegals from coming. BTW, there has been a border patrol checkpoint in the area much longer than just the one built in 1994. I can remember going through one in the area back in the 60s. Falfurrias is an area with dairy farms. The high school mascot is the Jerseys.
The illegals are probably trying to make it to Houston where they can get transportation to the rest of the country. A stash recently discovered in Houston had around 97 illegals in it waiting for transportation elsewhere.
BTW, the feral hogs are probably one of the few groups in this part of Texas happy with Biden's open borders policy.