Glenn has made a big discovery in the story of Colony Ridge, Texas. Up until now, reporting has suggested that the massive illegal immigrant settlement outside of Houston was cartel-infested, crime-ridden, and set up by developers who are immorally taking advantage of the illegal immigrants. But after visiting the community and speaking to one of its developers, Glenn now believes the story is much more complicated. Glenn's head researcher, Jason Buttrill, joins to explain their latest findings as they film BlazeTV's next documentary.
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: So we are in -- we're in Houston, and we've got our production team, our documentary, Blaze TV documentary team. And, of course, I brought my good friend and chief researcher, and head writer for my television program, Jason in. Who, Jason, tell me the story that we thought, we were going to find, and we still may find.
But tell me the story that you thought we were coming out for.
JASON: So just based on the reporting that's happening so far I was expecting basically almost what I saw in Iraq. Like UN tents type things.
Crime going all over the place.
The ultimate squalor that you can think of.
Mixed in with crime, visibly.
It was almost like Grand Theft Auto. You know the name.
But actually seeing it in real life play out.
I have to tell you, when we first showed up, I do not, I can't fathom how that's the story that you get, just by showing up, driving around. And saying, okay. This is what's going on.
Because this story is a lot more complicated than that. Obviously.
There's a lot more pieces moving here, than I think anyone has even talked about.
And you can't get to it, on the surface level.
You will have to go deeper. Which this amazing documentary team is doing.
And it's amazing.
GLENN: Yeah. I will tell you, we came yesterday.
And I was looking yesterday. We were told.
By several sources. Several sources.
That we were looking at a situation, where this Colony Ridge. They were being sold. Being sold at usury-style interest rates of 20 and 30 percent.
Credit card rates. That's -- that is what we were told.
You were looking at a situation where there were gangs involved. The cartels were involved.
That is part of the story we will get into today. I am doing several interviews on that today.
But I will tell you, if the authorities don't have -- if they're not willing to go on camera, and say, yes.
This is what -- I mean, there was -- we -- we were talking about a story yesterday.
Where these two teenage kids, were shot in the head, at a mailbox area.
They were both in their car.
And somebody went to the mailbox of -- of -- you know, where all of the mailboxes are in this area.
And they saw this car, and these two guys, they thought were just sleeping. These two teenage kids were just sleeping.
They watch them. They come back and they see, they're still there.
Hey, something is not right.
So they went up to the window, and they were going to knock on the window. And they look in. And these two kids have been shot, I believe in the head, execution-style, it seems.
Well, now we're hearing that perhaps that didn't happen there.
That this was crime that was a body dump, and there are places in Houston. There is one very famous place that is a body dump.
That's really bad. But was this gang-related, and was it happening here?
There's only one truth, in the end.
But I'm -- and I'm really glad to say this.
We are doing everything we can, to get to that truth. Not our truth. Not the story we think people want to hear. But the actual story.
Not sure, I did several interviews yesterday, and walked away, believing parts of all of the interviews.
Walked away liking some of the people. You know, not necessarily loving some of the other people that we interviewed.
But thought there was truth, a little bit, in everybody.
And so our job now is to just piece this together.
Because this is something that will happen all over the country.
There is a lot of money being made here.
And you wonder. I mean, how long did we discuss this, Jason?
That we're not sure, if any of this is illegal.
Might be immoral.
Might be -- might not even be that strong. Might be something that you're like, I wouldn't do it.
I don't want my friends being involved in this.
But is it immoral, or is it illegal?
JASON: Oh, yeah, constantly. And, I mean, Glenn, you and I did a show, I believe it was last week. Where it was a Wednesday night special. And we picked up the top two issues, that the country is most concerned about.
Number one is the economy. People's finances.
And number two, the border. Those. And immigration.
The top two issues.
This story has elements of both on gigantic magnitudes.
Because if it's a border issue.
I mean, we have an area that is huge.
If people are getting mortgages, when they don't need Social Security numbers. When they don't even need traditional mortgages. They're able to come here.
And nobody is integrating. They're all riving in this one little area. I kind of want to know if this is the standard going forward. All over the country. Are these going to be popping up all over the place? Is that not the issue? I don't know. We've been scouring social media, including Spanish social media on the number one issue, on the economy and financing. We're not exactly sure the ins and outs of how these deals are made.
But it does look like there are people confused. There are multiple people confused. As they were in the 2008 financial crisis.
People didn't know what they were signing up for, for some of those adjustable-rate mortgages. I don't know if that's similar now, but we have got to get that story correctly.
Because the stories that have come out right now, I do not believe have.
But people need to know. Economically, financially. Are you getting into a good deal here?
Number two, the border. Is this making the border situation worse? Or is it not as connected as we've been led to believe it is?
GLENN: The other thing is, I mean, this is such a fascinating story.
Because these are people -- these are people that do not have a chance of getting a traditional loan.
70,000. We were in the neighborhood. And it's not a neighborhood I would want to live in.
There were parts of it that seemed pretty eerie and sketchy.
But there are other parts of it, that were pretty nice. Pretty nice.
And these are people, that would not get a traditional loan.
So they are going out. And they are getting a loan.
We are told today, we're still verifying everything.
I told you yesterday, 20 to 30 percent.
That's what we had found online. And with some other sources.
But it appears, that maybe that is not true. We will have more, when we -- as we go, we have to lock these things in.
The guy who is selling it, told me yesterday. It's 12.7.
Well, 12.7, is very high. For a house loan.
But the United States, the federal -- the Federal Reserve charged 19 percent at one point.
You know. And if you don't have any credit at all, and you don't have any money to put down, that's actually not a bad rate, quite honestly.
Do you agree with that, or disagree?
JASON: Yeah. I think it sounds like not a great rate. But what I'm seeing from social media from people who have done this. I don't even know if they understand that.
Because once they start getting into these loans like a couple years down the road, some of them are abandoning them. Like, oh, this is not worth it.
Like, I don't think they were expecting to spend the amounts of money they were. It's just what it looks like from the confusion there.
GLENN: So there's a difference though, between them understanding it. And predatory loans.
And usury. You know what I mean?
And it -- you know, you can look at this story.
It's amazing. It's amazing. I wish -- well, you will be.
In January. I was going to say, I wish I was with you yesterday. I was so conflicted.
Not on crime. Not on any of that stuff.
But I went back and forth on, is this -- at first, I was -- it's probably illegal.
And it's absolutely immoral.
And I'm still not having an answer on either of those two.
It might be illegal. It might be immoral. But I had a swing yesterday, back and forth to these.
To where I'm like, well, I don't know.
I don't know.
This might be something good for somebody, who can't start in America.
JASON: What does that sound like? It sounds like every documentary that you've ever watched.
I watched this documentary about aliens. They started out debunking them.
Then in the middle of it, they kind of go back and forth. Maybe not.
At the end, they're like, wait a minute. Are aliens real?
That's how I felt yesterday. Not on aliens. On this.
It was exactly the same. Back and forth and back and forth. This is an amazing story. It really is.
GLENN: Yeah. And it has huge ramifications. At the very least. At the very least.
And I don't know if we will have time to cover this.
The thing I went to bed with last night was, is this the future of America?
It is a community. It's enormous.
About the size of Miami.
I was told by the developer, 130,000, to 150,000 residents, when they're done.
I heard close to a quarter of a million, from other sources.
It's a lot of people.
Right now, it's anywhere between 40 and 70.
And it -- it's a huge area.
And it is in this small, little, sweet little town.
Where they're -- nobody is rich there. I mean, there's trailers. You know, people living in trailers on their land there.
But it's like my grandparent's farm when I was growing up.
It was this little quiet, sleepy town.
And all of a sudden, boom. Right in the center of it, are, you know, going to be 100 thousand plus people that don't speak English.
Generally, don't speak English.
That is a shock to the community. And that doesn't necessarily make it wrong. Where, you know, everybody is into -- not in my neighborhood.
But it is shocking for that neighborhood. And can vastly change it.
And the problem is, just down the road, a little bit. Are these very nice, very, very nice wealthy neighborhoods.
That if you didn't know, you're coming into Houston. You're getting off the freeway. And you would buy the house. You would see these places, like this is great.
But you would have no idea that the slums, literally the slums are right behind your house. Right on the other side of the woods.
Right down the street.
And that becomes a Brazil situation. Which is -- which is not good. Not good.
So anything you're left with?
JASON: Just on how a lot of these stories, there's a lot more than meets the eyes. And you will really not get into it, if you operate how the mainstream media does, how they do it right now. They take a story, and they run a narrative. And that's what gets pushed out to the entire country. And you never learn any further. You never go deeper. That's what I love about what we're doing now, we're going deep.
And I can't tell you, like that documentary about aliens. How many times I will be flip-flopped on this story, by the end of it.
I don't know at this point.
We have, I believe two or three interviews today. Tomorrow, we're interviewing another three or four, including something that goes late into the night. And I think the day after that, is another four.
So, I mean, we are going both sides. Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth.
Where we end up, I have no idea.
But it will be a whole lot of fun to do it. And for the audience to watch it play out.
GLENN: Yeah. And it's -- you know, the one thing I took away yesterday.
And I mentioned this earlier.
Is -- it's very easy to be like the mainstream media. I went into this. We had all kinds of information. We have the information. We have the sources.
But we don't necessarily have everybody on record.
It's going to be interesting to see in the next few days, who is willing to say, no, no, no. Say that to the camera. You know what I mean?
And who -- who is -- figures and stories stand up. And whose stories don't. And we walked in yesterday. I walked into the afternoon.
To an interview, I thought, absolutely, just going to chop this up into little teeny bite-sized pieces.
And walked away, saying, I'm not sure we have the story.
Not -- not saying that anybody is -- that I believe anybody right now.
That's -- I think that's the -- the thing I walked away with.
I walked away believing one thing. I walked out not believing anything.
And, you know, it's -- we are grateful to Blaze TV.
For spending all of this money. It's an incredible expense to do documentaries like this. And investigations.
It takes a whole team of people. My gosh, this documentary team is unbelievable. I mean, honestly, it's -- they are remarkable, at what they do.
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This documentary, warts and all. And let the chips fall where they may.
And I mean, there's one politician that we can't get a hold of. And we've offered to fly to him, at any time.
He's stonewalling us. And that is Greg Abbott. And it says -- it says a lot, that his campaign received $1.4 million.
I mean, I know I paid 10 percent of what I -- what I make. In tithing.
So I know what I get from my church, I know what God has done for me lately, what has -- what -- what is the person that gave Greg Abbott $1.4 million? What are they getting out of this?
The answer to me was, well, nothing.
Is it? Is it?