Networks Not Interested in Struggles of Texas Ranchers in Fight Against Illegals

Texas ranchers must deal with gang members, drug dealers and violent criminals in their daily battle with illegal immigrants. Yet, journalists for the networks are largely uninterested in their plight. The Daily Signal on Friday talked to these men and women and found out just what goes on in south Texas. 

Talking to reporter Josh Siegel, Linda Vickers, the owner of a ranch in Encino, Texas, explained, "We have [illegal] traffic almost every day...From women in distress to gang members." Pointing, she added, "In fact, one MS-13 was right up in that tree." Benny Martinez, the chief deputy sheriff in Brooks County, Texas, described the impact of illegal immigration: "You get your extortion cases that occur here in town. You get your human smuggling cases. You get your assault cases." 

Ronnie Osburn, the land manager for Tepeguaje Ranch, took Siegel on a tour and showed just how people evade border patrol: 

We've been catching a lot of people in this area, sometimes packing dope. 

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The coyotes have the GPSs and they know, more or less, where they're going. But, I mean, look around you. This is the woods. This is the brush of South Texas. 

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These cartels that are leading these groups of illegal aliens come through the brush. You know, they need a stopover place to rest or hide from the border patrol and the helicopter. And so, they went to quite a bit of work to build these little hutches and they're virtually impossible to see from the air. 

Illegals routinely break into houses on the ranch, he explained. Osburn ominously related, "We had a group of illegals break into the headquarters house and ransack it. Tear everything up. They broke the glass on the gun cabinet and removed several guns." 

A study by the Media Research Center's Geoff Dickens found that journalists simply weren't covering stories related to gang members entering the country, possible terrorist infiltration and other angles.

On Thursday, ABC finally discovered the disease danger created by sick illegals crossing the border. 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org