Inside Colony Ridge: The ‘Fastest Grow­ing Devel­op­ment’ In The U.S. Is A Mag­net For Ille­gal Immi­grants

PLUM GROVE, Texas — A Texas land devel­op­er has estab­lished a sprawl­ing set­tle­ment north of Hous­ton where thou­sands of ille­gal immi­grants are believed to have set­tled, rais­ing con­cerns among experts and elect­ed offi­cials that the devel­op­ment 400 miles in the inte­ri­or of the Unit­ed States could become a strate­gic asset for car­tels.
Locat­ed in Lib­er­ty Coun­ty, Texas near the small town of Plum Grove, the Colony Ridge devel­op­ment is a sprawl­ing com­mu­ni­ty that, based on an analy­sis of pub­licly avail­able infor­ma­tion, is now over 60 square miles and near­ly the size of the nation’s cap­i­tal, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Its pop­u­la­tion is esti­mat­ed to be any­where between 50,000 to 75,000, and it is grow­ing rapid­ly thanks to a mar­ket­ing plan tar­get­ed at Texas’ his­pan­ic pop­u­la­tion.