A Texas farmer, 75, found five abandoned migrant girls – including a baby – under the age of 7 crying and hungry on his land – and warned thousands will die this summer in sweltering heat while Joe Biden ignores the border crisis.
Here are the key points of the news:
- Farmer Jimmy Hobbs, 75, 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
- Hobbs and his wife Katie 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 another example of the worsening 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. Jimmy Hobbs, the 75-year-old farmer and his wife Katie gave an interview to Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales which was posted on Twitter after the pair submitted photos and videos to social media groups that campaign for tighter border control.
Gonzalez also shared a gut-wrenching image of the girls lying in dirt. In one of the videos she shared, Katie fumed in the background: ‘These children dumped out on the side of the river here on our farm.
‘If this doesn’t make you mad and make you want to take to the streets, I don’t know what will. They have no mother, no father, no nothing. This is one of our workers’ wives right here taking care of this tiny one. No one with these children.’
Hobbs is 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.
He 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.