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The outside of the Victoria County Courthouse.

Victoria County Commissioners plan to declare a local state of disaster for Victoria County during Monday’s meeting in response to the “ongoing surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the southern border.”

“It’s clear that dealing with this problem is going to fall on the shoulders of state and local government,” said County Judge Ben Zeller. “At this point, I think the situation merits this disaster declaration.

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Cat DeLaura is the local government reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She was born in Texas, but grew up in Virginia. She came back to Texas to get her masters in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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HR Mallory

How does the border crisis effect Victoria County?

1) Increased number of pursuits and bailouts in the crossroads area. Increases the danger for local residents, Law Enforcement and results in increased property damage.

2) The huge number of migrants crossing the border has overwhelmed Border Patrol to the point where several field offices like the one in Corpus Christi have been closed. In the past after a bailout Border Patrol would come pick up the individuals detained by the SO, now they don’t have the manpower to pick up. That means at least one deputy, if not two has to transport detainees to Border Patrol in Kingsville or further. That takes Deputies away from answering calls and responding to issues in the county.

2A) With the closure of all Border Patrol checkpoints to deal with the crisis in Del Rio it is not clear where and even if Border Patrol will accept detainees caught in Victoria County.

3) Due to the fact that the border crisis is impacting the whole state, Victoria County is has seen a reduction in state resources normally allocated to it, ie State Troopers. While Victoria County has a bigger Sheriff’s Department than surrounding counties and has been able to manage better, they have still have seen reduced support from the State.

4) With all the aforementioned Border Checkpoints being shut down in order to send more personnel to Del Rio, it is possible that we will see an increased number of bailouts and pursuits in the coming weeks.

Ed Ferrell

HR mallory : agree

What about covid transmission???

Mike Gomez

It’s a reimbursement not a payout for anticipated costs.

William Tally

Are we on the border? Are illegal immigrants being resettled in this County? If 12000 human beings are staying under a bridge in god-awful conditions, why are we needing extra funds. Sounds like they are being processed under established laws, some being returned to home country. Why were we not made aware of the Haitian diaspora before it reached 10,000? Let’s take care of local county business before rushing to deal with a problem that does not yet affect Victoria County. If it is affecting the county, then please spell out those problems.

Allen T Coffey

Exactly.

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