- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ALPINE, Texas (AP) - A Texas rancher faces a federal charge of harboring illegal aliens for allowing at least three Mexican nationals to live and work on his property.

A criminal complaint accuses Lyndell Shackelford of paying a couple and their child $1,500 each this year to work on his Dead Horse Mountain Ranch. Another woman told agents she has received $1,300 since the start of the year.

The ranch is in Brewster County, a rural border county that includes Big Bend National Park.

Shackelford’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin of Houston, said Shackelford’s arrest was “a simple case of hiring a maid and a helper on his ranch,” as well as a symptom of what he called a broken immigration system. DeGeurin declined to comment on specific allegations of payments.

Shackelford is free on bond.

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