Austin Local News
Rancher working with Border Patrol to curb immigrant deaths near border
The bodies of 260 illegal aliens who have been murdered, or died of exposure, have been found over the past year and a half in just one south Texas county. Ranchers in the area have had to band together and work with the Border Patrol. Doctor Mike Vickers is a Brooks County veterinarian whose ranch is just 70 miles from the border with Mexico. He's been photographing the bodies of illegal aliens, about 600, since 2005. He says,"Most of the people are a lot of women and children who are sexually assaulted and murdered. A lot of these people are left behind becuase they get hurt and can't make the trip. And instead of calling 911, the gang members bringing them through tell them they're just going to leave them there to die." Vickers says Mexican gangs and drug dealers smuggle most of the aliens across the border in his area. He and other ranchers have formed a volunteer group to cooperate with the local Sheriff and the border patrol to help illegals they find in trouble.