Immigration & BorderKinney, Atascosa Counties Declare States of Disaster Over ‘Influx of Human Trafficking’

Atascosa County declared a state of disaster as a form of “solidarity” and in anticipation of problems arising from illegal immigration.
April 22, 2021
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As the State of Texas continues to combat illegal immigration and clash with federal authorities over policy disagreements, Kinney and Atascosa counties have declared states of disaster in response to increasing occurrences of human trafficking. 

Kinney declared its state of emergency on Wednesday and Atascosa adopted a declaration with almost identical language on Thursday.

“We felt like we had to do something and we want to protect our citizens here in Kinney County,” County Judge Tully Shahan said, according to local media.

In Kinney County’s official declaration, which mentions fears of increased COVID-19 transmission due to illegal immigration, the commissioners court said “the health, life, and property of the residents of Kinney County is under an imminent threat of disaster from the human trafficking occurring on our border with Mexico.”

“The ongoing border crisis has resulted in thousands of illegal aliens invading Kinney County and overwhelming our local, state, and federal law enforcement,” the document states

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“This continual violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity has resulted in residents of Kinney County being assaulted, threatened with violence, and robbed, while also sustaining vast amounts of property damage[.]”

On social media, Atascosa County officials said county Judge Robert Hurley approved the declaration as a symbolic measure.

“[Hurley] is wanting to assure the citizens of Atascosa County that there is no known problems at this time in our County,” the county said in a Facebook post.

“He was asked to issue this Declaration in concert with Kinney County because of the issues they, along with many other counties, are having due to the influx of human trafficking. A key purpose of the declaration was to make a show of solidarity with the counties down south.”

The county added, “This declaration is the only voice the counties have to make themselves heard.”

The declarations are reminiscent of Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano’s public appeal to President Biden to improve the federal government’s response to illegal immigration in the Del Rio area due to a short supply of resources and concerns about criminal activity.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.

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