Illegal Aliens Behind Soaring Crime & Death in Rural Texas Community
Hudspeth County, near El Paso, suffers influx of violence and murder
Law enforcement in a quiet rural Texas community says illegal aliens are behind soaring violent crimes and death rates in the area, according to reports.
Hudspeth County, a sparsely populated ranching community just miles from El Paso, has been hit with an unprecedented flood of migrants since October.
Residents and law enforcement say the influx has brought a disturbing wave of crime and death.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear of the Mexican cartels, two ranchers, along with a detained illegal immigrant, revealed how violent crime has poisoned the small community.
Cartels profit off trafficking migrants across the border into the United States and are known for their brutal, lawless actions.
Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told Fox News that the Texas community has seen several break-ins allegedly committed by illegal immigrants, including a recent one where firearms were stolen.
The town, the largest in the county, is home to around 800 residents and most of the migrants flooding in have been from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.
"We've had several break-ins," West said.
"Typically they break-in, they try to find food, water, things to continue on their journey.
"Here recently, we had a break-in where they broke into the house and stole a bunch of guns.
"That's a big concern."
One rancher who would only speak on the condition of anonymity showed Fox News four structures on his sprawling property that he said were illegally entered by migrants.
In one case, the rancher said the burglars ransacked the kitchen of an old ranch house in search of food.
In another instance, he told Fox News migrants kicked down the door of a small structure at the back of the property.
West blamed the influx of illegal crossings and crime on the Biden administration, though he noted the surge began even prior to his election.
"I think the biggest thing is the Biden administration," he said.
"Prior to him even being elected we saw this surge come up."
Marty Bustamonte, chief of staff in the Hudspeth County sheriff’s office, blamed the surge along the border, in part, because of the media.
"The media only shows you a certain perception of what's really going on," he told Fox News.
"They show, you know, groups of immigrants walking up to work from surrendering, and just basically the story is over.
"But in reality, some people don't make it."
West, who’s served as sheriff since 2001, said his department has also found a much larger number of dead migrants this year.
"In previous years, we pick up three, four, five a year that had the misfortune of coming across the desert and not being able to make it," he said.
"Since January, this influx, it's been crazy.
"I mean, like I said, we're up to 17, 18 dead ones this year."
Another rancher, who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution by the Mexican cartels, said he’s seen more illegal border crossings along his property since October than he did the previous 20 years combined.
Hudspeth County locals aren’t alone in their fear of the cartels.
"Since the mafia brought us, they took a picture of us," an illegal immigrant trafficked by the cartels told Fox News from the county jail.
"And if anything happens, we can’t get away from them."
He had been detained after he was caught allegedly breaking into a Hudspeth County property.
"They are violent. They want to spill blood," he said.
"They aren’t afraid of anything."
"They're a bunch of idiots," West told Fox News when asked to comment.
"That's what's partially wrong with this country."
"I mean, crime is going through the roof because some of the defunding of police," he continued.
"Look at Chicago, look at your metropolitan areas.
"Crime has gone ridiculous. It's crazy."
As for how to fix the illegal immigrant surge in Hudspeth County, West said the formula is simple.
"Let's secure the damn border," he said.
"Put border patrol back on the border, let border patrol do their jobs, let ICE do their jobs, and make the damn U.S. attorney do their job."