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.
Three of the girls are from Honduras. They are seven, three and two. The other two are from Guatemala and are aged five and 11-months-old.
They are now at Uvalde Station, where they’ll be processed, before being given to Health and Human Services.
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 and leave it to Vice President Kamala Harris to handle instead.
Since Biden took office, there has been a rush of people trying to illegally get into the country and the number of kids in detention centers has doubled over the last two months. Now, there are 21,000 in US custody. Neither the President nor the Vice President has visited the border.
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These five little girls from Honduras and Mexico were found on Sunday by a Texas onion and watermelon farmer Jimmy Hobbs, 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 after first being shared on border Facebook groups
Jimmy and Katie Hobbs. Jimmy, 75, has lived on the farm his entire life. He said the situation is the worst he’s ever seen it and that thousands of kids will likely die this summer trying to enter the US illegally in sweltering heat, with no food or water
The farmer and his wife gave the girls food, water and sat them in shade while they waited for CBP to arrive at the scene
The youngest of the girls is so little she can’t walk yet. She was naked when the farmer arrived and the girls didn’t have any diapers for her either. She is shown being cradled by one of the farm workers’ wives
They also called on the wife of one of their workers, who speaks Spanish, to comfort the girls. They are now in CBP custody, along with 21,000 other kids
The farmer and his wife spoke to Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez about what they found. Gonzalez posted a video of their comments on Twitter.
‘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,’ the farmer said.
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.
‘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.
Republican Congressman Tony Gonzalez shared the photo on Twitter and said it was another indicator of the escalating crisis
‘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.
Biden has shrugged off the crisis, refusing to even call it one, for months
‘A lot of people are going to die this summer and we’re going to be witness to it.’
Customs and Border Patrol called the situation ‘heartbreaking’.
‘It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere.
‘Unfortunately this happens far too often now.
‘If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help,’ said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero II in a press release.
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.’
The farm is in Quemado, Texas, which sits on the border with the Mexican state of Coahuila