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Democrat Wants Ranchers to Pay When Illegal Aliens Damage Property


In a hearing about potential border security measures and grants for South Texans facing immense property damage, Democrat State Rep. Rafael Anchia proposed ranchers pay for the litigation costs of suing illegal aliens for damages.  

“Let’s just say that their response to Anchia would require quite a few redactions of words,” Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith told Texas Scorecard.  

In the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, lawmakers considered several border security measures. One, House Bill 7 by State Rep. Ryan Guillen (R–Rio Grande City), would administer and finance support programs for the southern border region, including property damage compensation as well as additional funding for the judiciary and law enforcement stretched thin by the border crisis.

Smith testified before the committee, raising concerns that the grants didn’t include damages caused by smugglers driving through ranch fences. “A lot of times, they drive through fences, kill cattle [and] livestock, and things of that nature.”

“Rather than the state creating a fund to reimburse people, there would just be a cause of action in tort like any other property damage,” suggested Anchia

“It might also require the landowners to hire lawyers and pay litigation costs,” explained Smith. 

“Well, that’s what I would have to do if someone damages my property, regardless of who they are,” said Anchia, who lives in Dallas. 

“I think there’s a misconception that when people say damaged property, it’s not like … you have your car backed into or something,” explained Smith. “You go to the body shop and get that fixed. [It] happens once a year. The ranchers on the border are having that happen every month, every week. There’s ranchers that have fixed their fence over 50 times. That’s unsustainable financially, and it’s by no fault of their own.”

Texans have been sounding the alarm for two years now regarding the devastation to property, livelihoods, and human life.

Although Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security push—Operation Lone Star—has seen some success along the border in capturing illegal drugs, apprehending criminals, and prosecuting illegal border-crossers for criminal trespassing, it has failed to turn the tide of the invasion.

As lawmakers consider additional actions, Smith says, “It was disappointing that Representative Anchia’s remarks during committee testimony were focused on inept ‘gotcha questions’ and attempts to create political division.”

“People from all across the state traveled to Austin to find a solution to the border crisis, not play political games,” said Smith. “It was quickly evident to me that he had no concept of what conditions are like on the ground at the border and was not interested in creating a solution that protects Texans.”

Smith told Texas Scorecard the ranchers he spoke to were insulted by Anchia’s attitude toward their lives and livelihoods, saying it “did not go over well with the ranchers I spoke with.”

Article published in Texas Scorecard.

Facebook Post from Kinney County Sheriff's Office


A Houston-area driver was arrested late Tuesday night on Highway 90 with 5 illegal aliens from Honduras, Ecuador and Mexico, wedged into their car.  Shawn Jerome Johnson from Missouri City in Harris County now faces 5 counts of smuggling of persons.  A deputy was stationary along the highway when Johnson drove past.  The deputy noticed the driver’s seatbelt wasn’t fastened.

Operation Lone Star Ramps Up Historic Offensive Against Fentanyl Crisis

April 14, 2023 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 365,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 27,000 criminal arrests, with more than 24,000 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has seized over 380 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.

Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.

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