State officials are about to boost resources in central Texas in an effort to fight human smuggling occurring along the border.
Breitbart Texas reports the Texas State Guard and the Texas Rangers will be starting or will soon start an operation in Brooks County, near the Texas Border, to stop the escalating number of deaths caused by human smuggling.
52 deaths have been caused due to human smuggling, according to Breitbart Texas. Officials did not confirm any ongoing or planned operation to the outlet, but an official with the South Texans’ Property Rights Association says:
“They will be in Brooks County to help the Border Patrol and the BORSTAR agents who have been working hard throughout our long, hot summer months.”
BORSTAR stands for Border Patrol, Trauma, and Rescue.
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The site also reports this staggering figure:
“Texas Department of Public Safety reports that since 2011, at least 332 sets of human remains have been recovered in the ranches in Brooks County… With the responsibility of burying the remains at a cost of about $2,500 per body, county officials have been struggling to main its own law enforcement capabilities.
Breitbart and even mainstream outlets including CBS News have noted that Brooks County has been able to afford one deputy per shift. A group called the “Border Brotherhood of Texas” has aided local law enforcement in part, led by Chief Daniel Walden.
“You take a county the size of Rhode Island and you put one deputy out there by himself, what are you going to do?…We are a brotherhood in law enforcement, which means when an officer needs help, we’ll help them.”
Brooks County Chief Deputy for Brooks County Bennie Martinez told KENS TV in San Antonio last summer that “They’re coming at their own time, looking for nothing in return…Those are hard to come by. People just don’t do things like that anymore.”