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by Chip Latcham
Jul 30, 2014 | 1083 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Another week, another unresolved federal crisis.

We read with great interest in this week’s Goliad Advance-Guard about a large amount of drugs seized after suspected illegal immigrants bailed out of a vehicle Sunday.

The vehicle came to a stop in a pasture after running through a fence and an estimated 16 individuals fled into nearby brush.

After recovering large bales of marijuana totaling 107 pounds, sheriff’s officers eventually apprehended four men – from Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Hmmmm. Apparently all those undocumented immigrants from Central America are not coming to America solely to escape poverty and violence in their countries.

Many of our newspapers continue to report bailouts of illegal immigrants on country roads. One visitor to our office this week told of one such recent incident at their ranch, in which a vehicle with a heavily enforced front grill, being chased by officers, crashed through the gate and several fences before escaping apprehension.

What’s worse is when high-speed accidents occur, leaving people injured. These human smugglers don’t care about their cargo; just their next payday.

Bee County Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. will address the issue of immigration and its effect on our county at the next Tea Party meeting Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library.

It should be an intriguing topic. He will explain what we are to look for, how to protect ourselves and how his department is impacted.

“The coyotes are getting smarter,” Carrizales said. “The vehicles they use, they either steal them or rent them. My biggest fear is these guys are getting more brazen.”

Yes, they are. Beware of cadres of young men carrying backpacks, or overloaded trucks and SUVs with passengers who scatter into the brush when stopped. Chances are they are not looking for work.

If only Harry Reid and the U.S. Senate would consider Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Henry Cuellar’s plan to deal with the unaccompanied minor surge on the southern border; or some other proposal which seriously would provide more funding for enforcement.

“We are spread pretty thin,” Carrizales said. “ICE is inundated too.”

We hear you, Sheriff. It’s a shame Washington cannot.
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