Fox News viewers witnessed first-hand how the migrant crisis is unfolding at the southern United States border on Thursday when a live interview was interrupted by authorities searching for migrants.
While explaining to Fox News host Dana Perino that “we’re under siege here,” south Texas rancher John Sewell was interrupted by immigration authorities searching for migrants on his property.
And that was after he already caught three migrants earlier in the day.
At the time of the interruption — in which K9s could be heard in the background — Sewell explained that Customs and Border Protection officials have not offered ranchers much assistance as migrants flood the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The basic thing we got from this yesterday, unfortunately, we’re not going to get a lot of support from the CBP. They basically said their hands are tied and the best thing for us is to work with our state reps, our Congress, so on and so forth, our local officials are all doing as much as they can,” Sewell said. “So, you know, it’s very unfortunate that we don’t have support from our CBP.”
That’s when the interview was interrupted and Sewell directed his attention to the ongoing search.
“Dana, I’m sorry, I had a group of guys coming through looking for some immigrants, you’re going to have to put it back at me again,” he said.
“I’m just going to tell you again that we’re not getting the support as the U.S. This is not panning out good for us. We’re under siege here. And when I say that, I’ve already caught three this morning before breakfast,” he added.
Sewell went on to vent frustration about the government’s response to the migrant crisis.
I obviously call the Border Patrol. That’s our first line of defense. And that’s another thing. You know, we’re nervous as to what we can get away with and what we can’t get away with. You know, these people— it seems like they have more rights than we do. It’s very unfortunate that we’re having to battle this and the CBP is telling us that all they do is enforce policy. Well, if the policy from the administration is catch and release, let’s say, because that’s all we’re doing, we’re taking them back to the border, testing some, maybe all — I don’t know the true answer to that — and turning them loose in the U.S. We’re not turning them back and I said it before and I’ll say it again, these people are coming to you guys. They’re not staying here with us.