Authorities said at least seven people, some of whom were in the country illegally, were taken to local hospitals after a pickup crashed into a tree during a multi-agency Lavaca County chase. Tuesday

That chase is one of several immigration-related incidents in the past week or so in the Crossroads. They come during a recent surge of migrants at the southern border.

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Claudia McCarty

This comment ...“We strongly encourage citizens to lock their doors and to keep their houses and vehicles locked,” Vaccaro said....is, sadly racist unless you can correlate serious crimes against persons and property to illegal smuggling operations.

HR Mallory

It’s common sense to keep the doors to your home and vehicle locked to prevent theft. Victoria PD makes about two Facebook posts a week reminding people to take their valuables inside.

Claudia McCarty

That's fine, reminders are good. Attaching this comment to a high speed chase story perpetuates a false belief that people illegally entering the country are especially dangerous to the community at large. Show me the stats, not your worries.

HR Mallory

Well let’s see in the past week.

Smugglers have attempted to run over a Victoria County Sheriff’s Deputy. (Story in the Advocate)

A Honduran woman’s body was dumped in Goliad County by the people who smuggled her in to this country. (Story in the advocate)

Smugglers killed 8 people, that they were smuggling near Del Rio, Texas when they evaded DPS on a traffic stop.

They continue to evade Law Enforcement putting our Police, Deputies and Troopers at risk along with the rest of the public on the roadways.

While not every person who enters the US illegally is a violent individual, the simple fact of the matter is human smuggling, human trafficking, sex trafficking can lead to other violent offenses. These smugglers do not care about you, your family nor do they care about the people paying them to get in here.

So no reminding people to lock their homes and their vehicles is not a racist statement.

Rick Dockery

We are a minority family. I will let my neighbors know that it is racist that they lock their house. I will also never lock my car when I am at a minority business. Also, the people running broke two laws: 1. Entering the country illegally.

2. Evading arrest

I'm positive they will not attempt to hide and will politely knock on an unlocked door and ask to hang out

Glenn Wilson

Claudia -- You're right. How could anyone possibly imagine that immigrants in the country illegally, hiding out, running from the law, could be more of a threat than a lawbreaking citizen? BTW, what race was slandered in the "racist" comment? Hint: "Illegal Alien" is not a race. smh

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