The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter urging the Biden administration to address the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. Russell Boening (BAY-ning), President of the Texas Farm Bureau, talks about the letter.
“The four border states put it together, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and us. We just pointed out the stuff that's happening, there's damage to crops, damage to fences and other types of things. There are safety issues: maybe you have children that play outside or even folks that work outside. We basically just shared our concerns that we're hearing from our members and asking for some assistance.”
The letter also states human smugglers known as “Coyotes” are reaping a windfall from leaving people destitute. Boening says all Farm Bureaus signed on to the letter, which should send a message about the gravity of the problem.
“We're very grateful for that, and I think it sends a message that people recognize there's a problem. I think people recognize that it's not a partisan issue, it's a humanitarian issue. Just the fact that all the Farm Bureau signed on and we're very grateful for that, and I think everybody recognizes that it is a crisis.”
He says local and state law enforcement officials don’t have the resources to deal with the surge, and it’s time for Washington, D.C., to address the crisis.
“We're hearing from our local and state law enforcement that their resources are being basically overwhelmed, because they're dealing with this and not being able to do your regular law enforcement work. The administration just needs to address it, and Congress needs to work with them. There are different ways of doing it. What's happening right now is not working.”