Border Residents Express Frustrations at Uncontrolled Mass Migration

As the mass migration crisis rages on at the southern border, American citizens who live near the porous border have increasingly expressed a sense of frustration and hopelessness at the seemingly endless wave of illegal aliens.

As reported by Fox News, residents living near the border have to deal with illegals constantly trekking across their private property, often leaving trash and even damaging the land.

Brian Silvas, who owns a 78-acre property in Jacumba Hot Springs, approximately 75 miles east of San Diego, said he sees migrants crossing over his property every day.

“If I had the money, I would build my own wall right here!” said Silvas. “Sometimes there are huge groups of men and women, and I don’t want them through here.”

“This country was built on immigration. I’m fine with that,” Silvas claimed, before adding: “But not like this. This is ridiculous.”

Silvas also commented on the current state of the Border Patrol, which has been ordered to not enforce basic immigration laws due to the Biden Administration’s preference for open borders and letting in as many illegals as possible. Silvas compared the current Border Patrol to the ride-sharing service Uber, saying “I know that they didn’t sign up to be Uber, because that’s all they are right now, is Uber.”

About five miles east of Silvas’ property, fellow property owners Jerry and Maria Shuster, who have lived in Jacumba Hot Springs for over 40 years, are encountering a similar crisis.

“The government should do something [to] stop this illegal immigration,” said Maria Shuster. “Stop it because [the migrants aren’t] helping us; they’re destroying us. The migrants have more rights than we do.”

The couple said that they regularly find illegals setting up camp on their 17-acre property, often leaving behind tents, clothes, and other trash. One group of illegals even destroyed the fence located on the property to use as firewood, while others have cut down trees on the property for the same use.

“[My trees] are all gone,” said Jerry. “They chop them up and put them in the fire.”

In the 2023 fiscal year that ended in September, San Diego Border Patrol agents encountered over 230,000 illegals, marking the highest such number of illegals in a single fiscal year in decades. In 2022, by contrast, the total was 176,000; in 2020, it was a mere 53,000.

Illegal immigration into the United States has skyrocketed since Joe Biden came to power, fueled by his promises on the 2020 campaign trail to provide illegal aliens with free, taxpayer-funded benefits such as healthcare, housing, and education, among other promises.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: EAGLE PASS, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 30: As seen from an aerial view, a U.S. Border Patrol agent supervises as immigrants walk into the United States after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico on September 30, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The agent had cut coils of razor wire to let them pass through for processing. Immigration and border security have become major issues in ongoing negotiations to fund the U.S. government. A recent surge in immigrant crossings has overwhelmed border authorities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)