Texas rancher Whit Jones told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that he and his neighbors have found migrant bodies on their properties.
Jones, who lives in Hebbronville, Texas, said that although he has found about two to three bodies a year, “a neighbor of mine has found nearly ten a year for the past ten years.”
He noted that he has currently found mostly adult men who are not eligible for asylum on his property.
“At the moment we hardly see children or women because of everything that is happening on the river,” explained Jones. “Those people don’t have to make this trip.”
He noted that women and children can apply for asylum and become ‘bus places’, leading to more ‘single men coming’ and resulting in ‘a little bit more dangerous situation’.
“There’s always a sense of dread here,” Jones told host Brian Kilmeade. “It’s a terrible situation.”
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Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Said last month that similar problems have been reported by farmers in Arizona.
“I spoke to John Ladd, a local farmer in Cochise County, who told me that he has had more than a dozen dead illegal immigrants on his farm in the last 30 years,” Blackburn tweeted.
President Biden has scrapped a number of former President Trump’s immigration policies, including building walls and ensuring that asylum seekers stay in Mexico rather than stay in the US while they wait for their case to be heard. The relocations have led to a record increase in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, straining the capacity of immigration facilities in recent weeks.
Jones explained that he lives just north of the border with Mexico.
“What we usually hear on the news is that people are crossing that border,” he explained. “But in essence there is another border that is about 50 miles to the north and we call that the ‘interior control system’ or the ‘interior control point’.”
“So once all these people have crossed the river, they now have to make another trip to the next one,” he continued.
Jones said he hopes a state law will be passed that would help “punish smugglers” and provide protection for migrants.
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He noted that the law would “increase the punishment of state-level violations” and “allow our local law enforcement officers to do more about the situation.”