A dramatic increase in illegal immigrant crossings is impacting famers and ranchers near the southern border. | Photo courtesy TFB
WACO – New videos and personal accounts from farmers and ranchers impacted by the southern border crisis describe an overwhelming and often dangerous situation that must be addressed.
The videos and accounts are part of a webpage hosted by Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) to bring public attention to the crisis’ serious impacts on farm and ranch families.
“The impacts of the border crisis are many,” TFB President Russell Boening said. “The current situation is untenable. Farm and ranch families are bearing the brunt of this unprecedented influx. The personal accounts on the webpage are real. In fact, some identities are protected due to safety concerns for those sharing their story. That’s how serious it is right now.”
The crisis threatens personal safety, causes serious financial hardship and disruption, and overwhelms local resources, according to Texas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm and ranch organization. Farmers and ranchers in Texas, as well as possibly those in Arizona, New Mexico and California, will use the webpage to tell their story. The webpage will be updated as more personal accounts arrive.
One South Texas rancher describes how he grew up on the family ranch near the border and how he was accustomed to three to four illegal immigrants crossing the ranch each month. But, now, the situation has changed.
“The situation has changed 100 percent. We have immigrants coming through the ranch not three or four a month like in the past.” he said. “Just yesterday, we had 30 immigrants come through the ranch. The day before that, 40 immigrants came through the ranch. I think we had a total last week of about 140.”
“TFB believes the U.S. must secure its borders and enforce lawful immigration,” Texas Farm Bureau officials added. “TFB asks federal and state authorities to help mitigate the border problem, as soon as possible.”