Texas farmer Whit Jones told Fox & Friends on Thursday that he and his neighbors found bodies of migrants on their properties.
Jones, who lives in Hebbronville, Texas, said that although he found about two to three bodies a year, “a neighbor of mine has found about ten a year for the past ten years.”
He noted that he currently found mostly adult men on his property who would not qualify for asylum.
“At the moment, we hardly see children or women because of everything that is going on in the river,” explained Jones. “These people don’t have to make this journey.”
He noted that women and children can apply for asylum and are “being taken on bus seats”, which leads to more “unmarried men arriving” and results in “a little more of a dangerous situation”.
“There is a sense of fear that exists here all the time,” Jones told host Brian Kilmeade. “It is a terrible situation.”
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Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Said last month that similar issues were reported by farmers in Arizona.
“I spoke with John Ladd, a local farmer in Cochise County, who told me over the past 30 years that he had more than a dozen illegal immigrants killed on his ranch,” tweeted Blackburn.
President Biden ruled out a series of immigration policies by former President Trump, which included building walls and staying asylum seekers in Mexico instead of staying in the United States pending judgment of their cases. The changes have led to a record increase in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, which has reduced the capacity of immigration facilities in recent weeks.
Jones explained that he lives a little north of the border with Mexico.
“Usually, what we hear on the news is people who cross the border,” he explained. “But, essentially, there is another border that is about 80 kilometers to the north and we call it an ‘internal control system’ or ‘internal control post’.”
“As soon as all these people cross the river, they will have to make another journey to the next one,” he continued.
Jones said he hoped to pass a state law that would help “penalize smugglers” and provide protection for migrants.
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He noted that the law “would strengthen the penalty for trespassing at the state level” and allow “our local authorities to do more with the situation”.