Texas rancher says illegal immigrants are repeatedly causing property damage and trashing his land
Kaylee Greenlee, DCNF
Illegal immigrants have torn down fences, left “bricks of marijuana” and even stolen vehicles from a ranch near Carrizo Springs, Texas, and it’s happening more frequently since the election of President Joe Biden, a rancher told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.
The changes in visible foot traffic around the ranch increased in the months leading up to the transfer of power when Biden was making promises and after he took office, Brock Wilkerson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Wilkerson, a native of south Texas, has leased the ranch just outside Carrizo Springs for hunting and cattle ranching for around 15 years.
“It’s not a safe environment, I can guarantee you that,” Wilkerson told the DCNF. He added that run-ins were sporadic over the last 15 years where tracks were found about every few weeks, but recently he’s seen between seven and 10 sets of tracks appear over a two-day period.
The ranch is located in Carrizo Springs, about 30 miles from the Eagle Pass Port of Entry at the southern border, according to Wilkerson. He said that immigrants have frequently cut the fence at the ranch’s perimeter in order to access the highway where they can be picked up while avoiding checkpoints.
“We, fortunately, are capable of doing a lot of things on our own but this past week we had to replace approximately 100 yards of fence and because of the way the damage was done it took us about a full day,” Wilkerson told the DCNF.
Illegal immigrants previously stole a Jeep off the ranch and drove it to San Antonio, Texas, Wilkerson told the DCNF. Illegal immigrants have “literally cut into the house, they found a steel saw and did thousands of dollars worth of damage to get inside the house,” Wilkerson said.
“The trash alone is astronomical, you would never believe … I could probably go out to the ranch right now and find 50 to 80 backpacks,” Wilkerson told the DCNF. He added that trespassers have torn up deer blinds, and left plastic tarps and water bottles scattered across the ranch and that a neighboring ranch has experienced similar problems.
CBP did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.