Brooks Co. Ranch Owner Supports Trump’s Executive Orders
BROOKS COUNTY – The thought of a border wall is bringing some peace of mind to one Brooks County rancher. It could help make his property more secure.
Dr. Michael Vickers said he appreciates the president’s work to provide security. He said he never knows when a person crossing illegally on his property is dangerous.
For more than 30 years, Vickers has owned the 12 Oak Ranch. 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.
He said the traffic has been heavy at times. Sometimes, he’s seen hundreds a day.
“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 have to do that anymore makes him feel at ease.
“It is kind of a euphoric feeling that most of us have never had before. We’re optimistic,” he said.
Vickers said President Donald Trump needs to keep rolling with policies to stop the flow of those coming into the country illegally.
He also said he supports Trump’s idea to block federal grants for “sanctuary cities.” He believes that blocking those entering illegally, help he and his wife feel more secure at their ranch.
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