Texas has always been known as a land of cowboys, guns, and ranches. Once a sovereign state, Texas is known worldwide as part of “wild west,” and is privileged to be the only nation that can fly its flag as high as the United States flag. Texas produces more cotton and cattle that any other state in the U.S, and it has more oil than most Middle Eastern countries.
It is quite unfortunate that 8,000 farms and ranches border with Mexico. Once again, men and women who work in these border areas came under attack from drug cartels who have been blamed for thousands of deaths in Mexico.
According to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples:
“It’s a war, make no mistake about it. And it’s happening on American soil. Farmers and ranchers are being run off their own property by armed terrorists showing up and telling them they have to leave their land.”
Given the amount of people in the US that depend on Texas for food, Staples is afraid that it’s not only a threat to our national security, but to our food supply as well. Because of this, he launched a website called ProtectYourTexasBorder.com. It’s a place where frustrated and scared farmers can share their stories.
Thankfully, a group of concerned citizens called the “Texas Border Volunteers” have formed to help the Texas Ranchers keep the borders secure, as they aid our U.S Border Agents to track down and apprehend aliens who illegally cross our borders. The group founders, Dr. Vickers and his wife Linda have owned the 12 Oak Ranch for more than 30 years. He said people crossing into the country illegally create crawl holes underneath his electrified fence and use paths on his property to walk toward their destination.
“We’re very vigilant and we realize that a lot of the people coming through are gang members, criminals, and with that we’ve got dogs to alert us here on the ranch. My wife, in particular, depends on the dogs, especially when I’m not here,” he said.
Vickers said he’s seen a number of those who didn’t make it all the way.
“We’ve had dead bodies show up from time to time, it’s pretty disturbing. But it’s something we’ve learned to live with,” he said.
Vickers regularly patrols his own ranch for illegal activity. When he sees it, he reports it to Border Patrol. The thought of possibly not having to do that anymore makes him feel at ease.