Dr. Mike Vickers, a veterinarian and ranch owner in Falfurrias, Texas, has seen firsthand the consequences of our unsecured southern border. His ranch lies about 69 miles north of the Mexican border along Highway 281, a major route used by illegal aliens and drug smugglers.
Since 1985, he and his wife Linda have experienced the unfathomable, from finding innumerable rotting carcasses – mostly women and children – to “rape trees,” damaged fencing and other property, dispersed livestock, destroyed water resources, and strewn trash, as illegal aliens make their way to Houston and elsewhere. That’s not counting the many times their lives have been in mortal danger as the trespassers – many who are gang members and criminals – have come up to the back door of their home.
In response to the growing problem, Dr. Vickers has organized the Texas Border Volunteers, which completes regular missions patrolling the ranches along the border and he has testified before Congress about the untenable situation.
In a phone interview, he described the actual reality on the ground – not the tidbits we receive from the media. Dr. Vickers says that the most critical element in stopping the flow of illegals is to catch the coyotes – the people who, for a fee, will smuggle illegals and drugs into the country.
Coyotes are inextricably linked to the drug cartels, to whom they pay a sum to carry on their human trafficking. Those illegals who seek to cross the border on their own take their lives into their hands, as they usually end up as what Vickers calls “floaters”- killed and thrown in the river at the hand of the cartels.
The impact of these intruders on Texas is astronomical. Texas childrens’ education is in peril, as schools burst at the seams with illegal kids who speak no English, and teachers are forced to teach to the lowest common denominator.
Even more disturbing are the threats made to those who reside near the border by the drug cartels. “Call law enforcement”, the cartels say, “and we will kill you and your family or burn down your home.” Thus many Texans live in fear and dare not report the trespassers on their land.
It’s not just immigrants from Mexico or Central America who pose a threat. Many individuals from “special interest” countries cross regularly. Dr. Vickers has found an Urdu to English dictionary from Afghanistan as well as Iranian currency on his land.
Asked about his thoughts on the best solution to stop the flow of illegals, there is no question in his mind – thousands more border agents need to be deployed to patrol every sector of the border, especially at checkpoints where most coyotes cross with their cargo.
These agents also need the right equipment. Aerostats – tethered balloons with infrared cameras – he insists, are the best tools for detecting trespassers. Drones are all but useless – working only 20% of the time.
Fortunately, Dr. Vickers states that morale among the border patrol agents has increased significantly since the election of President Donald Trump. He noted that under the Obama administration, agents’ hands were tied and the proper number of patrolmen were not deployed. Additionally, the former POTUS cut funding for equipment – except for the useless drones.
As for the wall proposed by Trump, Dr. Vickers demurred, saying that along many stretches of the border that flood each year, it might not be feasible, although in others it may be of use.
You can watch a video of Dr. Vickers taking on Rep. Nancy Pelosi HERE.