Monday, 11 August 2014 15:16

Texas Sheriff: Groups of Armed Illegal Immigrants in His County

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Larry Spence, who has been sheriff of Willacy County in South Texas for 29 years, said that farmers there have reported seeing gangs of armed men in their fields.

In an interview with MailOnline (the website of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper), Spence said ranchers as far as 25 miles north of the border have reported groups of men in military fatigues and armed with rifles walking single file across their land. The men are believed to be illegal immigrants.

“About three or four months ago we had an individual who saw people walking through farm property in military fatigues, with backpacks," Spence told MailOnline, adding,

He went out and asked them, "Who are you?" [and] they said, "What’s it to you?" He said he owned the property and they said, "Well you better get out of here." Sensibly he left and called us, but by the time we got out there, they were gone.

We’ve had people say they’ve seen groups going through the fields in single file, with rifles as well.

[Sightings of illegal aliens have] picked up on the road where the incident with Javier Vega took place. It’s a very busy road for illegal immigrants. A couple of weeks ago we had fifty of them in three cars. 

As soon as we lit them up the doors fly open and they’re off into the brush. You get some back and the next day you get some walking down the highway, but it's getting more and more frequent and it's getting more and more dangerous. 

This concerns not only me here, but the other counties as well. These are not people seeking asylum legitimately; they have criminal intent and they are making money.

Javier Vega, Jr., of whom Spence spoke, was an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed in front of his wife, children, and parents on August 3 while the family was fishing in Santa Monica, Texas, near the Mexican border. When the family was abruptly confronted by two robbers, Vega identified himself as a Border Patrol agent and drew his weapon. (See related article.)

One of the suspects shot Vega in the chest. Vega’s father, Javier Vega, Sr., was struck by gunfire during the attempted robbery, but survived.

Spence told the conservative news and opinion website TheBlaze: “The Border Patrol agent apparently kept telling his dad to ‘keep firing, Dad, keep shooting, Dad’ at the suspects after he was already hit.”

Spence added that the agent’s mother “apparently picked up the AR-15 rifle and continued shooting at the suspects’ vehicle, hitting the windshield and other parts of the vehicle as the suspects fled.”

Spence’s department led the investigation that resulted in the arrest of two suspects, Ismael Hernandez and Gustavo Tijerina, who are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Police sources told that the two confessed to shooting Vega after being interrogated. They were arraigned on August 5 inside the Willacy County jail library and were ordered held without bail.

Spence said the two suspects were likely connected to cartels or other criminal gangs. “They claim to have been involved in other incidents. This means you've got stolen vehicles going into Mexico,” Spence told Fox News, adding,

“Everything is going to be cartel-related — there’s a connection somehow.

This is not the first episode of border violence in Willacy County, but it’s the first time someone’s been killed.

Fox News reported that according to court records, Tijerina had a long rap sheet. He pled guilty to entering the United States illegally on July 9, 2007 and was given a 30-day sentence with credit for time served and charged a $10 fee.  

Three months later, on October 4, 2007,  he was again found guilty of entering the country illegally and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and $10 fee. A year later, on October 25, 2008, he again crossed into the United States by wading across the Rio Grande. On November 18, 2008, he was given 90 days in jail and another $10 special assessment fee.

On December 15, 2009, Tijerina was indicted by a grand jury on charges of entering the United States illegally yet again. The indictment read that he “had previously been denied admission, excluded, deported and removed, knowing and unlawfully was present in the United States having been found near Edinburg, Texas.” Court records say he had not obtained consent from the U.S. attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission into the United States.

He was arrested and held without bond on January 26, 2010, after which he was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $100.

A writer for Investor’s Business Daily commented on the Vega murder on October 7:

Who knows what might have happened if Vega's family wasn't armed and didn’t know how to use firearms?

Being armed along the Mexican border is a good thing these days. According to a Judicial Watch report, crime there is so high that “nearly half of all the criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the United States last fiscal year were concentrated in a handful of districts located in that region, according to the U.S. government's figures.”

In spite of all of this crime being related to illegal immigration, our immigration authorities have been releasing known criminals among illegal immigrants into the United States. In our recent article, we quoted Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera, who told Fox News on August 6 that the federal government is allowing murderers from Central America to be released into the United States.

“If they have family in the United States, [Customs and Border Patrol officers will] release them to the family, even if they’re admitted gang members,” Cabrera said to Fox News. “We’ve had a couple that had admitted to murders in their home country. They were 17 years old, 16 years old, and the United States government thought it fit to release them to their parents here in the United States.

“Even if he’s a confirmed gang member, a confirmed criminal even by self-admission, we for some reason don’t send them back to their home country, we release them into our country.”

In the case of the Javier Vega, Jr., it will be hoped that the combination of his alleged killers’ confessions — along with Tijerina’s long record, will result in a conviction and a just punishment.


Related articles:  

Illegal Immigrants Charged With Murdering Border Patrol Agent

Border Patrol Agent: Obama Admin. Releasing Murderers Into U.S.

Texas Governor to Send National Guard Troops to Border

UN Pushes to Designate Illegal Immigrants From Central America as Refugees

Ted Cruz Says Dems Are Holding Immigrant Kids Ransom

Obama Admin. Blames Bush-Era Law for Failure to Deport Illegals

Former Border Patrol Agents: Illegal Immigration Crisis "Contrived”

Ron Paul Exposes Ill Effects of Illegal Immigrants on Hospitals

Key Players Comment on Immigration Crisis

Illegal Immigrant “Children” Include MS-13 Gang Members

Obama Opens Borders, Releases Illegal Immigrants Into U.S.

DHS: Flow of Illegal Immigrants Encouraged by U.S. Failure to Deport


  • Comment Link David Croft Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:17 posted by David Croft

    If I get stopped for speeding I get a ticket with a fine of usually well over $100 + court costs. If I get stopped for DUI/DWI the fine goes up from there exponentially, usually over $1000. And if I continue to get stopped for the same then jail time and fines contiue to go up, with loss of my liscence and by the third time I become a fellon and do at least a year of jail time. But if I am an illeagle alien then it only costs me $10 and 30-60-90 days, at least until I kill someone. Interesting.

    As for deputizing citizens; remember that is what the militas were meant for in the early history of our country. We didn't have a military in the true sense of the word, so militas were formed to protect our borders. Given the state of our current military being stretched over 2 conflicts and with the possiblity of having to go back into Iraq it may not be a bad idea to form a milita to protect our southern border. There are already many retired of former military who I am sure would be willing to take up the call. And for new recruits traing could be provided. Lord knows our border patrol cannot handle it alone anymore. They have been turned into baby sitters leaving them little time to do the job they were hired for. And given that we are facing an influx of criminals, not just people looking to better themselves and their families, we are now truely being invaded by a foriegn enemy. If this is not stopped where it is it will continue to move farther into our nation until we are all under siege.

  • Comment Link Ghost Prime Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:20 posted by Ghost Prime

    If bartenders can be held liable for "releasing" drunks into the community, why shouldn't judges be held liable for releasing ILLEGALS and MURDERERS into the community? If not, I would make a case for discrimination against American citizens who are treated differently than ILLEGALS.

    I say make the judges and lawyers LIABLE! If someone had put that murderer in jail, that agent would be alive and his family would still have a husband and father.

  • Comment Link Patriot57 Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:02 posted by Patriot57

    At what point do people finally realize that King BO Hussein and his fellow criminals in Congress and the White House are committing TREASON?

  • Comment Link rprew Tuesday, 12 August 2014 11:21 posted by rprew

    This is the situation for which we have an army. The purpose of our army should NOT be to babysit the world or try to impose "democracy" on the world. We have an army to protect and defend our nation.

    There is an invasion going on here. Put our army on our border and repel the invasion of our country by whatever means necessary.

  • Comment Link Tionico Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:21 posted by Tionico

    Seems its time for some of these border sheriffs to deputise any law abiding CITIZEN and make it clear any of them can shoot on sight anyone tresspassing on their land. A lone hiker is one thing.. but platoons of armed individuals, walking in single file, dressed in military garb, is NOT the common hiker or sportsman. No, they are foreign invaders and must be treated as such. I'm certain there are more than a handful of skilled snipers who could start picking these types off from distances of a thousand yards or so.. their pop-gun "assault weapons" they carry would not be able to do a thing against that sort of skill. Start picking off the guy in the back, moving up the line as they fall. Word of this sort of "welcome" will quickly spread, and such activity will end.

  • Comment Link Margie Anglen Monday, 11 August 2014 20:35 posted by Margie Anglen

    All American's along the border -- Border Patrol, citizens, land owners, etc. -- should be allowed to shoot anyone that is on private property, shoot anyone that is not a citizen, shoot anyone that crosses the line of civility, just shoot anyone that they know should not be where they are at. If this was enforced, the illegal traffic would slow to an almost dead stop. In other words bring back the code of the West, shoot then ask questions! I know this is a horrible thought, but unless our laws are enforced they will continue to ignore them.

  • Comment Link Marilyn Calkins Monday, 11 August 2014 19:29 posted by Marilyn Calkins

    When the cops or border patrol come in contact with these people, they should just shoot all of them on sight. Bury them in a pit, or hang them on the border fence. This is TOTAL STUPIDITY----a handful of days and $10 fine?!?! Yeah....I'm SURE they'll learn their lesson.

  • Comment Link Luke Liesner Monday, 11 August 2014 19:25 posted by Luke Liesner

    The Sheriff was elected to keep the peace and enforce the laws of the land. Illegals wandering around his county, whether they are armed or not is against the law, enforce the law and quit whining.

  • Comment Link S. TOBEY Monday, 11 August 2014 18:01 posted by S. TOBEY

    "Just punishment" should entail execution. It may not be "nice"; but it sure as he11 cures recidivism.

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