In an interview with MailOnline (the website of Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper), Spence said ranchers as far as 25 miles north of the border have reported groups of men in military fatigues and armed with rifles walking single file across their land. The men are believed to be illegal immigrants.
“About three or four months ago we had an individual who saw people walking through farm property in military fatigues, with backpacks," Spence told MailOnline, adding,
He went out and asked them, "Who are you?" [and] they said, "What’s it to you?" He said he owned the property and they said, "Well you better get out of here." Sensibly he left and called us, but by the time we got out there, they were gone.
We’ve had people say they’ve seen groups going through the fields in single file, with rifles as well.
[Sightings of illegal aliens have] picked up on the road where the incident with Javier Vega took place. It’s a very busy road for illegal immigrants. A couple of weeks ago we had fifty of them in three cars.
As soon as we lit them up the doors fly open and they’re off into the brush. You get some back and the next day you get some walking down the highway, but it's getting more and more frequent and it's getting more and more dangerous.
This concerns not only me here, but the other counties as well. These are not people seeking asylum legitimately; they have criminal intent and they are making money.
Javier Vega, Jr., of whom Spence spoke, was an off-duty Border Patrol agent who was shot and killed in front of his wife, children, and parents on August 3 while the family was fishing in Santa Monica, Texas, near the Mexican border. When the family was abruptly confronted by two robbers, Vega identified himself as a Border Patrol agent and drew his weapon. (See related article.)
One of the suspects shot Vega in the chest. Vega’s father, Javier Vega, Sr., was struck by gunfire during the attempted robbery, but survived.
Spence told the conservative news and opinion website TheBlaze: “The Border Patrol agent apparently kept telling his dad to ‘keep firing, Dad, keep shooting, Dad’ at the suspects after he was already hit.”
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