An Arizona rancher has accused lawmakers of refusing to secure the border for political purposes.

Jim Chilton, 72, hurled the accusation in a filmed interview Monday, days after the collapse of a long-awaited bipartisan security deal aimed at regaining control of the Southern Border.

The deal, which had been in talks for months, collapsed days after it was revealed that all but four Republicans had voted against it, avoiding an overhaul of the US’ asylum system. 

Critics such as Donald Trump had said the legislation was not aggressive enough to curb illegal immigration, and Democrats in turn accused conservatives of killing it for political purposes. 

In comments to Fox News, Chilton – whose 50,000-acre family farm has surfaced as a popular crossing point for migrants – chided lawmakers for letting the bill fall through at the expense of everyday Americans.

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Jim Chilton, 72, hurled the accusation in a filmed interview Monday, days after the collapse of a long-awaited bipartisan security deal aimed at regaining control of the Southern Border

In comments to Fox News , Chilton - seen here with his wife Sue - chided lawmakers for letting the bill fall through at the expense of everyday Americans. Their family farm has surfaced as a popular crossing point for migrants

In comments to Fox News , Chilton – seen here with his wife Sue – chided lawmakers for letting the bill fall through at the expense of everyday Americans. Their family farm has surfaced as a popular crossing point for migrants

‘It’s people talking about the issues, arguing about the issues,’ he said of the current political landscape that he says if fueling the crisis.

‘Border security has always been a political football,’ he sniped, using the euphemism that refers to politicians’ using an issue for a political advantage.

‘That’s the nature of our system.’

Moreover, with the crisis at the border being one of Joe Biden’s biggest obstacles, the hesitance from GOP House Republicans to embrace the bill could very well hinder the current commander-in-chief’s biggest chance at reelection.

That’s, for the most part, the stance of House Democrats – after 217 of their Republican counterparts blocked the deal that would have increased regulations and limited crossings, despite repeatedly calling for Biden to close the border.

Chilton told Fox News keeping Americans safe should be lawmakers’ top priority – not positioning themselves for a potential Trump win that’s still, if it’s even successful, nearly a year away

‘It would be outrageous not to secure our border first,’ Chilton said of congressmen’s failure to finish the deal.  ‘Take care of America first. Seal the border.’

He went on to provide proof of the worsening – and constantly-evolving – migrant crisis, citing hidden camera footage on his property that have caught thousands of people illegally entering the country while traversing his land. 

He went on to provide proof of the worsening - and constantly-evolving - migrant crisis, citing hidden camera footage on his property that have caught thousands of people illegally entering the country while traversing his land

He went on to provide proof of the worsening – and constantly-evolving – migrant crisis, citing hidden camera footage on his property that have caught thousands of people illegally entering the country while traversing his land

Some dress in all camouflage, he said, while others use 'carpet shoes' to conceal their prints - footwear he often finds left behind on his cattle farm just south of Arivaca

Some dress in all camouflage, he said, while others use ‘carpet shoes’ to conceal their prints – footwear he often finds left behind on his cattle farm just south of Arivaca

A display of shoes on cattle rancher Jim Chilton's front porch, left behind and or found on his 50,000 acre ranch some 20 miles southeast of Arivaca

A display of shoes on cattle rancher Jim Chilton’s front porch, left behind and or found on his 50,000 acre ranch some 20 miles southeast of Arivaca

This comes as the the Tucson Border Sector - where Chilton's farm is located - grapples with a significant increase in crossings from Mexico , as an abnormal influx seen under the Biden Administration continues to cause more crossings in places outside of Texas

This comes as the the Tucson Border Sector – where Chilton’s farm is located – grapples with a significant increase in crossings from Mexico , as an abnormal influx seen under the Biden Administration continues to cause more crossings in places outside of Texas

'They're entering our country unseen, and they could be terrorists,' he continued, producing still from his cameras he says has recorded thousands of illegals traversing his farm

‘They’re entering our country unseen, and they could be terrorists,’ he continued, producing still from his cameras he says has recorded thousands of illegals traversing his farm

Some dress in all camouflage, he said, while others use ‘carpet shoes’ to conceal their prints – footwear he often finds left behind on his cattle farm just south of Arivaca.

This comes as the the Tucson Border Sector – where Chilton’s farm is located – grapples with a significant increase in crossings from Mexico, as an abnormal influx seen under the Biden Administration continues to cause more crossings in places outside of Texas.

‘The problem in [the] area,’ Chilton said, is that ‘in the last three years [the number of migrants using this route] has intensified immensely.

‘They’re entering our country unseen, and they could be terrorists,’ he continued, producing still from his cameras he says has recorded thousands of illegals traversing his farm.

‘Secure the international boundary and develop a program to bring people into this country legally,’ he said, calling on lawmakers for a solution.

‘We’re a nation of the rule of law – we need to stop people just having the idea that they can walk into the United States.’  

Trump, meanwhile, after having called on Republicans to reject the immigration bill, blasted the proposed legislation as ‘disastrous’ and last week applauded its collapse in the Senate.

U.S. Border Patrol agents assembled the migrants at a transit center in Eagle Pass, Texas. Authorities have been overwhelmed by the crush of border-crossers

U.S. Border Patrol agents assembled the migrants at a transit center in Eagle Pass, Texas. Authorities have been overwhelmed by the crush of border-crossers

US soldiers intercept migrants as they try to cross a fence in the Mexican-US line

US soldiers intercept migrants as they try to cross a fence in the Mexican-US line

‘We also had another massive victory that every conservative should celebrate,’ Trump said at a rally Saturday

‘We crushed … Joe Biden’s disastrous open borders bill. We crushed it,’

Those comments came after conservatives did away with a long-discussed that included some $14 billion in aid to Israel, $60 billion to Ukraine, and $20 billion for securing the southern border.

 The bill would have also given Biden and Homeland Security the means to close the border if migrant encounters ever reached a certain threshold, as well as some $650 million to go toward border wall construction.

From the outset, GOP leaders in both chambers criticized the bill, leaving to months of talks and hopes of compromise – which ultimately fell flat Friday.

Back in December, during another interview with Fox, Arizona lawmaker Juan Ciscomani cited the current state of the Tucson Sector compared to other communities in Texas and New York.

Back in December, during another interview with Fox, Arizona lawmaker Juan Ciscomani cited the current state of the Tucson Sector compared to other communities in Texas and New York

Back in December, during another interview with Fox, Arizona lawmaker Juan Ciscomani cited the current state of the Tucson Sector compared to other communities in Texas and New York 

For months, Cisomani's calls went unanswered - that is until Sunday, when Homeland Security's Mayorkas labeled record high numbers of migrant crossings on the southern border a 'crisis' but said 'we don't bear responsibility for a broken system'

For months, Cisomani’s calls went unanswered – that is until Sunday, when Homeland Security’s Mayorkas labeled record high numbers of migrant crossings on the southern border a ‘crisis’ but said ‘we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system’ 

‘Tucson Sector is leading in encounters and our agents and officers are overrun and undermanned,’ Ciscomani writes in the initial request, penned hours before senators issued a statement revealing another popular port of entry would close amid the influx of arrivals.

‘The situation is far past a breaking point and those on the frontlines of this crisis are in need of immediate support,’ he added, citing the 3,000 encounters seen at the Tuscon Center on Thursday.

Demanding immediate federal intervention, the rep stated: ‘We must be doing all we can to help our local communities, law enforcement officers, and CBP agents and officers.

‘No one knows the gravity of this situation better than our local officials,’ he went on, as the Lukeville Port of Entry 150 miles west was similarly overrun.

He urged Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who assumed to top spot at Homeland Security in 2021, to ‘consider’ his request.

‘I urge you to work with Governor Katie Hobbs, as well as Arizona county supervisors, mayors and sheriffs,’ he said.

‘I look forward to your timely response.’

For months, Cisomani’s calls went unanswered – that is until Sunday, when Homeland Security’s Mayorkas labeled record high numbers of migrant crossings on the southern border a ‘crisis’ but said ‘we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system.’

Mayorkas – who was nearly impeached last week in a 214-216 vote – was pressed on his handling of the border on Meet the Press on Sunday, saying: ‘It certainly is a crisis, and, well, we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system. And we’re doing a tremendous amount within that broken system.’

Mayorkas blamed the migrant crisis on a 'broken system' and said it's up to Congress to fix it

Mayorkas blamed the migrant crisis on a ‘broken system’ and said it’s up to Congress to fix it

He added: ‘Fundamentally, fundamentally, Congress is the only one who can fix it.’

He was referring to Republicans last week blocking the bipartisan border deal that would have increased regulations and limited crossings.

Mayorkas also dismissed Republicans’ failed attempts to impeach him over his handling of the border crisis as ‘baseless allegations’ claiming ‘I am really not distracted by them.’ 

Meanwhile, officials have encountered 169 people on the FBI terror watchlist crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2023 – more than the previous year’s 98 encounters, which at the time was a record.

It’s also more than the last six years combined, as more 302,000 people crossed the border illegally in December.

That[s the highest total for a single month ever recorded in history and it marks the first time migrant encounters have reached over 300,000. 

‘I’m really concerned,’ Chilton said. ‘If our adversaries around the world want to bring terrorists into our country, this is a route.

With the farm that’s been in his family for five generations hanging in the balance, he begged for a swift solution.



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