Plum Grove is a small town located in Liberty County, Texas, where an undocumented immigrant settlement is expanding which worries locals. Colony Ridge currently has 60 square miles and a population estimated at between 50,000 and 75,000 people, a number that is expected to grow soon thanks to real estate developer William Trey Harris.
Half-built homes, dilapidated vehicles, streets without asphalt, stray dogs and a sprawling maze of roundabouts, that's what a top-down view of this settlement revealed, something that could resemble in essence the famous Brazilian favelas.
According to reports, population growth comes hand in hand with undocumented immigrants buying land at a very low price and with flexible requirements.
Brian Babin, a local congressman, told The Daily Wire that, according to comments in the area, "the cartels are playing a role in this area," a concern Bensman shares.
As he wrote in his book, "Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the Greatest Border Crisis in U.S. History," the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels invested early on in Colony Ridge properties, with the goal of establishing safe havens to facilitate human and drug smuggling operations.
"The Mexican cartels are very active in that they run safe houses, they run drugs, they do marijuana grows, they commit crimes. This is a homeland security issue. It’s a public safety issue," he added.
This began to translate into specific acts of insecurity, such as the discovery of a 16-year-old killed in a ditch in the city, the murder of five neighbors earlier this year and the killing of a mother of five who was married to a high-ranking member of the Mexican cartel.