To some extent illegal immigration, human trafficking and organized crime have always been part of life in the area
Cotula, Texas-About 300 yards from the LaSalle County Courthouse on the street. There is a fence filled with pickup trucks, off-road vehicles and minivans. Most of these trucks are stolen from major cities and smugglers They are stealing seats, smuggling and transporting immigration borders illegally across the border. According to the “Washington Post” report, some vehicles were hurriedly painted white to blend in with vehicles heading to the oil field.
Although Cotulla is dozens of miles away from the border, it is close to the Border Patrol checkpoint. Smugglers try to avoid the door being opened by using trails, driving off the highway, crashing into the fence of the ranch, and driving dangerously quickly before crashing or stopping suddenly. People are scattered everywhere.
For a long time, some degree of illegal immigration, human trafficking and organized crime have been part of life in the Mesquite region, especially along the busy Interstate 35 corridor, but South Texas law enforcement The authorities stated that this situation has increased in recent weeks, and dangerous high-speed chasing operations have taken place, becoming a routine incident in rural communities. Small law enforcement agencies, such as LaSalle County, are the second tier of border law enforcement agencies, trying to stop smugglers, drugs and undocumented immigrants before they disappear in big cities.
This increase has worried many local residents. The sheriff and police department’s Facebook pages often spark debates about possible solutions, and there are already opinions on tense political positions. LaSalle County has long been led by Democrats, and more than 87% of LaSalle County residents are Hispanic. But in the 2020 election, voters supported Donald Trump, making him the first Republican presidential candidate to win the county in at least three years.