The increasing costs of rescuing illegal immigrants in Brooks County, south of Corpus Christi, and the costs of picking up the bodies of the immigrants who don’t make it, is coming close to bankrupting the small county, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Brooks County has been at Ground Zero of the immigration wars for decades. Because of the existence of the Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 281 in Falfurrias, many immigrant smugglers haul their human cargo as far north as just south of the checkpoint and then kick them out into the unforgiving Brush Country, telling them in many cases that Houston and San Antonio are ‘just a few hours walk’ away. Many of the immigrants don’t have food and water, and they get lost in the featureless terrain or die of heat stroke in temperatures that can reach 110 degrees.
Despite the fact that the federal government consistently goes to court to assert its right to manage immigration affairs, shooting down efforts by border states to involve themselves in immigration issues, Washington DC provides no money to Brooks County, population 7100, to deal with the job of rounding up immigrants in distress and, more frequently, collecting the bodies of the dead.
The Brooks County Sheriff’s Department this week is dropping health insurance coverage for its deputies. The Deputies have repeatedly taken pay cuts to deal with the county’s financial problems, which are entirely caused by immigration.