Weesatche Town Hall

Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd holds up several bracelets he said were used by the cartel when transporting immigrants across the Rio Grande River. Boyd said he recovered them during a trip to the border. He said similar bracelets have been found in Goliad County.

WEESATCHE — Hundreds of concerned residents filled a small community center in northern Goliad County to hear the sheriff speak Thursday night. The sheriff said increasing numbers of encounters at the border are impacting the Crossroads. When the roughly two hundred seats inside the repurposed schoolhouse were taken, more than 200 stood outside to listen despite a light drizzle.

The meeting, which specifically invited landowners and ranch managers in Goliad County and surrounding counties to the Weesatche Community Center, included presentations from county officials about what they said was an unprecedented surge in human trafficking and smuggling in the region.

Weesatche Town Hall

Hundreds of people attended a town hall meeting in Goliad County to discuss the effect of illegal immigration in the area.

Weesatche Town Hall

Sheriff Brad Ko from Kinney County, which is located on the Texas border with Mexico near Del Rio, describes his deputies' encounters with human smuggling and trafficking operations as part of a public meeting on immigration at the Weesatche Community Center on Thursday.

Weesatche Town Hall

A public meeting organized by the Goliad County Sheriff's Office on Thursday had 300 to 500 attendees, officials said. Parked vehicles overflowed from the Weesatche Community Center's parking lot and onto both shoulders of Farm-to-Market Road 884.

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Chase Rogers covers breaking news and public safety for The Victoria Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communications and journalism. Chase can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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Chase writes about crime and courts for the Victoria Advocate. He grew up in the Dallas–Fort Worth area before attending Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism.

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Rick Dockery

If I shoplift, does that make me a non paying customer?

Claudia McCarty

Thank you Mr. Clapsaddle for a voice of reason. People seeking a better life or, a life at all, should not be unreasonably feared. Fear often leads to violence.

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