(USA Features) A Texas sheriff has dismissed characterizing the escalating illegal migrant situation along the border as a “crisis” and has instead said he’s convinced it’s a battle of “good and evil.”
According to a report by The Epoch Times, Sheriff Roy Boyd of Goliad County has placed a sign at the entrance to his turf 200 miles north of the border warning illegal immigrants and their smugglers to go back.
“Warning! Drug and human traffickers: Turn around, do not enter Goliad County,” the sign says in Spanish.
“Go around. Otherwise, we are going to hunt you down and put you in Goliad County jail,” it says.
In an interview with the outlet, Boyd said that the signs are effective.
When they are in place, he said, smuggling cartel activity falls off. But when the Texas Department of Transportation comes and removes them, the cartel activity goes up again.
“When the signs are in place we notice that we do not have fresh activity at the thirteen stash locations that we are monitoring in Goliad County,” Boyd noted in a Facebook post.
Reports said that Goliad County issued a local state of emergency on April 21 because of the dramatic surge in illegal immigrant traffic.
He went on to say that the county, population about 7,600, is frequently utilized by human traffickers to smuggle illegal immigrants towards Houston.
“They’ll drop them off at a temporary holding site and then someone from Houston comes and picks them up and then takes them to Houston, where they’re distributed across the United States,” he told the outlet.
Recently, he said a Honduran woman’s body was found dumped in brush on private property by smugglers. Also, a shed was being used at a ranch in the county to strip stolen vehicles in preparation to smuggle illegals.
The sheriff also said that currently, Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, is investigating a large human trafficking hub in his countyh.
“It has the potential, from what I’m told from HSI, to be the largest human trafficking investigation in this region in history,” Boyd said.
“Most of these people are being put in indentured servitude. They’re slaves right here in our own country,” he told The Epoch Times.
“And we all know it’s taking place, and we’ve known for quite some time,” he added.
Human smuggling is profitable for the cartels. Department of Homeland Security officials estimate that the cartels can earn between $2 billion and $6 billion per year moving migrants illegally into the U.S.
Boyd said that some county officials, along with state agencies, are working to staunch the flow of illegal aliens but the problem really needs to be taken care of at the border like he says it was when former President Donald Trump was in office.
“The thing that’s going to stop it is taking a hard line with Mexico,” he said.
“We have to make the pain of legitimate economic loss worse than the gain of their partnership with the cartel. The only way to do that: shut the ports off, turn off the spigot,” Boyd said.
Trump had an agreement with our southern neighbor named the “Remain in Mexico” policy, whereby migrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. were returned and held in Mexico to await their asylum hearings.
Many returned to their home countries instead of waiting it out in Mexico.
Boyd noted that one migrant woman was arrested in his county making her fifth attempt at coming to the United States illegally.
“The first time, they had a raft malfunction, she couldn’t make it in,” he said.
“Then the next three times, she actually got caught in the [Rio Grande] Valley and got deported—handed over to the Mexican government, who put her on a bus, took her to Monterrey, and handed her over to the cartel, because now the cartel charges her to get back up to Reynosa to get across the border,” Boyd added.
“And so every time she pays the cartel, the government gets a cut. So the Mexican government is happy to deliver illegal aliens, Central Americans, back to the cartel,” he said.
The sheriff said he’s been dealing with border issues since 2005 but has “never seen anything quite like this.”
“Things pretty much started drying up on the border during the last administration. Things were pretty much under control,” he told a public meeting in April.
“Well, that came to a real fast end, and [now] it’s the Wild West on steroids.”
He added that it’s not a border crisis but rather “a fight between good and evil.”