Del Rio Ranchers, business owners: Some migrants are destroying our properties

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Haitian migrants, part of a group of over 10,000 people staying in an encampment on the US side of the border, cross the Rio Grande river to get food and water in Mexico, after another crossing point was closed near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas on September 19, 2021. – The United States said Saturday it would ramp up deportation flights for thousands of migrants who flooded into the Texas border city of Del Rio, as authorities scramble to alleviate a burgeoning crisis for President Joe Biden’s administration. (Photo by PAUL RATJE / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ranchers and business owners in Del Rio said they have had incidents with migrants trying to gain entry into their stores or homes and have also experienced property damage from the migrants that have been able to cross the border. 

Rick Martinez, who owns four different businesses in the area and has a history in law enforcement, said  that he and ranchers in the community have seen a different type of migrant show up on their properties. “These migrants are kicking in doors, breaking windows and causing damage to properties,” Martinez said “it’s been happening for the last few months.”

According to Martinez, it’s not only happening out in the country. Martinez said that while at one of his stores in town he saw at least 20 migrants all dressed in camouflage standing outside the store trying to open the doors. He said the migrants did not appear to be the type looking for food or help rather they looked a little threatening. 

Martinez said that community members are scared and he’s advising them to get advice on how to protect their families. 

Martinez says he helps where he can and has given food and water to the migrants that need it but he fears the next caravan coming through may pose a bigger problem. 

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