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High-speed chases endanger lives of migrants and area residents in South Texas

In Texas along the border, high speed car chases where migrants are injured or killed are now commonplace. As migrant crossings have dramatically increased, incidents of Texas Department of Public Safety officials and some local sheriffs chasing smuggling vehicles not only endanger the migrants and area residents, but are also being blamed in part for the response to the Uvalde mass school shooting.
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A January 6 Fugitive Was Arrested on a Property Connected to the Kinney County Attorney

After an eleven-month FBI investigation, Lucas “Rooster” Denney, president of a North Texas militia, was arrested in December on a southwest Texas ranch on eight counts related to his participation in the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Denney’s arrest warrant was based on a complaint that accused him of planning, recruiting, and fund-raising for the attack, fighting with law enforcement, and participating in the front line of the “heave-ho” battle at an entrance to the building. According to an incident report of the arrest, obtained by public records request, a Department of Public Safety officer took custody of Denney, 45, at a property in Brackettville, before turning him over to the FBI in Del Rio, thirty minutes to the west. The coordinates where he was arrested match those of a ranch that appears to be under the control of the Kinney County attorney, Brent Smith.
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Biden's Deadly Border Crisis | Opinion

At the end of last month, Americans were horrified by the shocking headlines out of San Antonio, Texas: 53 migrants dead in an abandoned tractor trailer and more than a dozen hospitalized, including four children. Authorities say more than 60 people were crammed into the trailer with no air conditioning, ventilation, food, or water. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has vowed to find those responsible for the tragedy, but Americans already know who's at fault: Joe Biden and his administration's deadly border policies.
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NEWS — Officials decry ongoing immigrant ‘invasion’

BRACKETTVILLE – Two elected leaders and a former Customs and Border Protection commissioner say an ongoing immigrant “invasion” is unprecedented and requires unprecedented measures to counter it. Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith, District 21 U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Mark Morgan, former commissioner of Customs and...

NEWS — Kinney County declares ‘invasion’ disaster

Editor’s Note: On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott authorized state authorities to return migrants that are apprehended back to the border. Those state authorities include the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety, both of which have been heavily present at various ports of entry along the Texas/Mexico border, including here in Val Verde County, for the past year. Abbott’s executive order did not include the term “invasion” in its wording.

NEWS — Sheriffs deal with immigration challenges

BRACKETTVILLE – Four Texas sheriffs told journalists on Tuesday waves of illegal immigrants are creating unprecedented law enforcement challenges in their jurisdictions. The sheriffs – two representing border counties and two representing counties in the state’s interior – spoke during a closed press conference in the Kinney County Convention Center. The press conference was organized by Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan to announce his signing of a disaster declaration due to claims that the county is being “invaded” by immigrants, human traffickers and drug smugglers.

Texas counties being overrun by 'dangerous' level of migrants

BRACKETVILLE, Texas - Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday that mobilized Texas national guardsmen and Department of Public Safety troopers to the border so they can apprehend and turn away migrants. The governor says small counties are getting overrun by migrants. In Kinney County, sheriff Brad Coe said...

NEWS — Elected officials speak on immigrant “invasion”

BRACKETTVILLE – Several south Texas county judges and mayors agree with Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan, saying their communities are being invaded by immigrants who have cross the Texas-Mexico border illegally. Shahan called a press conference Tuesday to announce he had signed a disaster declaration, saying the numbers of...

U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for the Horrific Mass Death in San Antonio

Originally published by Truthout. One hundred human beings were inside an 18-wheeler without water or air conditioning in the blistering 100-degree Texas heat. Fifty of them are now dead. Sixteen more people were taken to a hospital—including four children. That was this Monday in San Antonio. This is the deadliest of such tragedies in recent years, but it is not the first. In 2003, 19 migrants were found dead inside 18-wheelers in Victoria, Texas. In 2017, there were 10 migrants found dead in 18-wheelers—also in San Antonio.