Q.- I am particularly concerned about the illegals
as they have personally affected me several times, most recently
late Sunday night when a drunk Hispanic plowed through my yard,
stopping within feet of my home. He did extensive damage, but
the worst part is that Metro PCS (owner of the truck and a Hispanic-run
company) is being very mean and uncooperative, will not furnish
insurance information, and has sent people to my home to intimidate
me into covering up this incident.
I am tired of them trying to run me out of
my own town where I grew up. They have destroyed the interior
city and degraded our neighborhoods. This is the 5th time in
10 years we have been startled by someone running up into our
yard, 4 of these by
Hispanics (drunk at that.) This man ran from the scene and was watched and
identified by six of my neighbors who rallied to our support to be sure we
Just an hour earlier a family of
four were standing in our driveway
going home and had this happened then, they would have been killed.
The day before we were sitting in our front
yard just feet from where this truck stopped. He left fluids
in my yard that I'm sure has contaminated it and the hostile
actions of Metro PCS employees (also Hispanic) have left me feeling
threatened and fearful of retaliation. They have taken jobs and
made Terrell an industry based town with low income jobs and
no opportunities for the blue collar person. We have to travel
outside Terrell to make a decent living. I don't want to give
my town to them. My question is what is Terrell doing about all
the illegals here? They need to go.
Answer - The incident you described is disturbing.
I hate that your family and neighbors have had to go through
I will ask our City Manager, Torry Edwards, and our police Chief,
Tod Miller, to look into the incident you described and make
certain that any laws broken are investigated and prosecuted
Like most cities, we have some employers paying lower wage scale.
But our Economic Development program does not recruit or fund
lower wage jobs. In the last 8 years we have recruited 5 Fortune
500 companies. These companies pay their labor force well and
many have significant numbers of professional white collar employees
such as Nucor Steel. More than 1/3 of Vistawall's total employment
of 900 is in white collar jobs such as engineers, designers,
draftsmen and CAD operators. Our goal for the future is to do
what it takes to get all of the employees, professional, white
collar, and blue collar, to live here.
We have a Hispanic population that has grown significantly over
the years. This is true in most cities in Texas. Most of these
Hispanic people contribute a lot and are hard working citizens
or legal residents. When the Terrell Police make an arrest they
determine the person's identity. If this produces a person they
suspect to not be in the country legally, they notify immigration
The City of Terrell's responsibility is to address incidents
like the one you have reported and to strictly and aggressively
enforce our laws and our city codes. The Police and Code Enforcement
staff understand that the Council's expectation is for them to
investigate, find, and take care of violators.
We are making progress and we are going to keep working at it.
Hal Richards, Mayor