Town Hall on Human Smuggling

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On Tuesday, May 30th, The Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Commissioner Don Harris, and the Kerr County Sheriff’s Foundation hosted over 350 standing-room only attendees at the Mountain Home Volunteer Fire Department for a town hall on human smuggling and border issues.

“We appreciate the turnout and community engagement,” said Commissioner Harris. “There is strength in numbers when it comes to protecting our land, people, and livelihoods. These are complex issues that we’re navigating in Precinct 4 and across the county.”

Attendees heard an update on the expiration of Title 42, information the realities of human smuggling through our area, information on Texas self-defense laws, and how the KCSO is allocating resources to meet demand. Speakers included 216th District Attorney Lucy Wilke, Sheriff Larry Leitha, KCSO Special Operations Division Captain Jason Waldrip, Commissioner Harris, and Kerr County Sheriffs Foundation President Kari Bock. After the presentation, the community was invited to ask questions during an extended Q&A session.

“Seeing the strong attendance at this event only reinforces the importance of this topic and the concerns shared by many in this county,” said Sheriff Leitha. “Our office is working in concert with law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level to protect Kerr County. Our partnership with citizens is also an important part of the picture, and one we never take for granted. We are here to serve, and we encourage the public to report anything that seems out of place. We’d also like to thank the County, Commissioner Harris, our Deputies, the Mountain Home VFD, and the KCSF for making this event a huge success.”