Texas rancher Whit Jones told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that he and his neighbors have found the bodies of migrants on their properties.
Jones, who lives in Hebbronville, Texas, said that while he has found about two to three corpses a year, “a neighbor of mine has found nearly ten a year in the last ten years.”
He noted that at present he has mostly found adult men who would not be eligible for asylum on his property.
“Right now, we see almost no children or women because of everything that is going on on the river,” Jones explained. “These people do not have to travel this journey.”
He noted that women and children can demand asylum and “be bullied in places”
“There’s a sense of dread that exists down here all the time,” Jones’ host Brian Kilmeade said. “It’s a terrible situation.”
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Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Said last month that similar problems have been reported by ranchers in Arizona.
“I spoke to John Ladd, a local farmer in Cochise County, who for the past 30 years has told me he has had over a dozen dead illegal immigrants on his ranch,” Blackburn tweeted.
President Biden has scrapped a number of former President Trump’s immigration policies, which included wall-building and having asylum seekers stay in Mexico instead of staying in the United States while waiting for their cases to be heard. The movements have led to a record increase in immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, who have strained capacity at immigration facilities in recent weeks.
Jones explained that he lives a little north of the border with Mexico.
“Typically what we hear about in the news are people crossing the border,” he explained. “But essentially there is another boundary that lies about 50 miles to the north, and we call it ‘internal control system’ or ‘internal control point.'”
“So when all these people come across the river, they must now take a new journey over to the next,” he continued.
Jones said he hopes to pass a state law that will help “punish smugglers” and provide protection to immigrants.
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He noted that the law would “strengthen the sanction for state-level violations” and would allow “our local law enforcement to do more with the situation.”