‘This needs to stop now’: Texas farmer, 75, finds five abandoned migrant girls – including a baby – under the age of 7 crying and hungry on his land – and warns thousands will die this summer in sweltering heat while Biden ignores the border crisis
- The farmer says he found the five little girls on Sunday at 8.30am while doing a round of his land in Quemado, Texas
- The girls were all hungry and crying; one was naked and crawling because she is too young to walk
- The farmer said he gave them food, water and shade until CBP arrived 3 hours later
- He said the current border crisis is the worst he’s seen in the 75 years he has lived on the farm
- It’s unclear what will now happen to the girls – Customs Border Patrol hasn’t indicated where they are, or if they can stay in the US
- The farmer and his wife begged Biden to tighten the rules or come to the border to see the crisis for himself
- They said that as summer approaches, many will die trying to get into the country in sweltering heat
- The number of migrant children being held in CBP detention centers has doubled over the last month – there are now more than 21,000
Five abandoned girls from Honduras and Guatemala were found on Sunday on the land of a Texas farmer, hungry and crying after being left by their families to try to get into the country alone in yet another example of the heartbreaking border crisis.
All of the girls were under the age of seven and one was so young she was crawling. There was also a two-year-old in the group. The 75-year-old farmer who found them gave an interview to Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales which was posted on Twitter.
He has not shared his name but he described himself as an onion and watermelon farmer who has lived on the land he owns his entire life. The farm is in Quemado, Texas, which sits on the border with the Mexican state of Coahuila.
The farmer said that he believes the girls would have died if he hadn’t found them, and that the situation at the border is the worst it has been in the 75 years he has lived on the farm.
He and his wife warned that there will be ‘thousands more’ who get into perilous danger and die this summer trying to illegally cross the border as temperatures rise and President Biden continues to shrug off the crisis.
Since Biden took office, there has been a rush of people trying to illegally get into the country.
They have been given the impression that they’ll get asylum if they can just make it here but dozens are dying before they arrive.
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These five little girls from Honduras and Mexico were found on Sunday by a Texas onion and watermelon farmer who was making a round of his land in Quemado, which borders the Mexican state of Coahuila. The photo was posted on Twitter by Congressman Tony Gonzalez on Sunday
The Texas watermelon and onion farmer and his wife. They didn’t share their names but they appeared on camera in an interview posted on Twitter by Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez. They begged Biden to come to the border to see the problem for himself, or to tighten the rules
‘I was making a round on the farm and about 8.30 in the morning, I was just driving along and all of a sudden I see them.
‘Five little baby girls, all by themselves, hungry crying. One didn’t have any clothes on.
‘Immediately, I called border patrol but they’re snowed under, they don’t have any help either.
‘I waited for a while then I called one of my workers and asked his wife to go up to the house and bring some food and water,’ he told Congressman Gonzalez, a Republican, in the video he later posted on Twitter.
The farmer brought the girls into shade and gave them food and water for ‘two and a half hours’ before police arrived.
‘It was really hot. I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,’ he said.
The farmer’s wife added: ‘It needs to stop right now.
‘There’s going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande. That’s a huge border, this is happening all up and down it.
Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez shared the photo on Twitter and said it was another indicator of the escalating crisis
‘It can’t go on. It’s going to be too hot. There are going to be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering this summer.’
The farmer added a plea to President Biden – tighten the rules to prevent people from flooding the border or come and see the crisis for yourself.
Biden has shrugged off the crisis, refusing to even call it one, for months
‘We’re talking about how the United States is a humane country – this is not humane anymore and it all started under [him].
‘He either needs to come down here and look at this himself or change it back,’ he said.
His wife added that Trump’s presidency was the first time they’d felt safe in 30 years because it stopped migrants from rushing to the border to try to get in.
‘Change it back under Trump’s administration. For the first time in 30 years we felt secure here.
‘It was working and it was working well. They stayed in Mexico.
‘A lot of people are going to die this summer and we’re going to be witness to it.’
The number of migrant children being held in CBP detention centers has doubled over the last month – there are now more than 21,000.
One facility in Fort Bliss, Texas, has more than 4,500 kids in custody.
Attorneys, advocates and mental health experts say that while some shelters are safe and provide adequate care, others are endangering children’s health and safety.
‘It’s almost like Groundhog Day,’ said Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Luz Lopez.
‘Here we are back to a point almost where we started, where the government is using taxpayer money to build large holding facilities…for children instead of using that money to find ways to more quickly reunite children with their sponsors.’
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