South Texas Ranchers Affected by Patrols on Private Property
WESLACO – A new immigration-related expense is affecting South Texas ranchers.
Most of the land being patrolled in Jim Wells and Brooks counties is private property.
"Our roads get abused and torn up. These roads are extremely expensive... And they utilize these roads like they are public roads and they are not,” says property owner Whit Jones.
Jones is one of hundreds of property owners who often see Border Patrol agents on their property.
KRGV’s Christian Colón spoke with the director of South Texas Property Rights Association, Susan Kibbe, who holds meetings between Border Patrol and private property owners to solidify their relationship.
Property owners speak with Border Patrol agents about speed limits, watching out for cattle and agent techniques allowed, which helps to understand the new terrain.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS agency liaisons work with property owners.
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