Republican members of Texas’ congressional delegation have sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton raising concerns about an illegal alien housing development in Liberty County. The letter was signed by all 25 members.
Colony Ridge, a housing development marketed specifically to illegal aliens in Liberty County, has been gaining attention recently for straining local resources and leading to an increase in violent crime.
Terrenos Houston, the marketing program for Colony Ridge, advertises to illegal aliens by indicating they do not require traditional bank loans, Social Security numbers, or a proven job history to apply. Instead, the company operates through owner-financed lots for illegal aliens who don’t qualify for certain loans.
The congressmen who signed the letter include all of the Republicans: Jodey Arrington, Brian Babin, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Michael Cloud, Dan Crenshaw, Monica de la Cruz, Lance Gooden, Jake Ellzey, Pat Fallon, Tony Gonzales, Kay Granger, Wesley Hunt, Ronny Jackson, Morgan Luttrell, Michael McCaul, Nathaniel Moran, Troy E. Nehls, August Pfluger, Chip Roy, Keith Self, Pete Sessions, Beth Van Duyne, Randy K. Webber, and Roger Williams.
“While those of us on Capitol Hill stand ready to address Colony Ridge in any way, as states’ rights advocates, we believe your offices are strategically positioned to examine this situation,” the congressmen wrote. “To address these issues, we believe the Office of the Attorney General of Texas is the proper entity to thoroughly investigate the land purchasing, use, tax status, and other authorizations relating to Colony Ridge and its affiliate entities.”
They noted the increase in violent crime in the area, including “several high-profile murders, the largest drug busts in the history of Liberty County, and continuous drug cartel activity.”
The letter continues:
Due to safety concerns and adverse effects on their way of life, Texas constituents have reached out to Members of Congress about the situation in certain parts of Colony Ridge. We understand that, to date, local attempts to remediate these issues have been unsuccessful.
They allege Colony Ridge is causing “negative impacts” in the local school district.
“According to Texas Education Agency records, Cleveland ISD has tripled in size over the previous decade, and much of this is due to the thousands of illegal aliens flocking to Colony Ridge,” the letter states.
NOTE: This article was updated to reflect the correct number of congressmen signing the letter.