Rancher says illegal aliens are “laughing at our laws – they are making a mockery of us.”
A rancher living near Rincon, just outside of McAllen, Texas says the numbers of illegal aliens he sees crossing his land after they’ve come across the Rio Grande River is starting to pick up quickly. Usually he sees groups of 5, 10 or 15, but just ten days ago, he saw a group of almost 40 people. “I know something is coming up, it’s changing, and it’s not changing for the good,” he said.
The rancher, Junior, who does not want his last name used, said he worried this may be an indication of another surge of people crossing illegally, like the one in 2014.
He told Channel 5 News that he makes it out to his family ranch at least twice a week, to relax, target shoot and enjoy the scenery. Asked if he was scared, he said, “I grew up here; I did my homework here. The school bus picked me up here. I feel right at home here,” he said. “These knuckleheads aren’t going to scare me. I got a shot gun. I got a Winchester. I mean, I’m not going to shoot them unless they attack us, attack me.”
Junior believes Mexico should take some of the responsibility to help stop illegal immigration, since Central Americans are coming through their country to get here.
“It’s putting us to shame. They’re laughing at our rules, at our laws. They’re laughing at us,” Junior said. “I don’t mind them coming over here, but what I do mind is they make a mockery of our laws, our rules. We can’t even go over there in Mexico and buy land. That’s what ticks me off.”
A border patrol spokesperson says this may just be the beginning, but they “are prepared”.
“Historically, we’ve seen higher numbers during the summer months,” said Marlene Castro, Border Patrol spokesperson. “I can’t give you specific reasons why. We are prepared. We have several rescue teams available throughout the ranch lands in our area of responsibility.”
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