In a 22-minute video Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) showed Fox News the reality of the chaos occurring on the Texas border as the undermanned Border Patrol attempts to handle the "endless wave" of immigrants crossing the Rio Grande.
In the accompanying article, FoxNews.com's Jana Winter recounts some of what they witnessed during the experience, including Border Patrol vehicles loaded with immigrants, among them pregnant women, nursing infants, and unaccompanied minors. They also heard tearful stories of "small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank":
The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded their vehicles packed with the newly-arrived illegal immigrants — including women pregnant or nursing infants, and small, unaccompanied children — throughout the evening and early morning hours. At first, they were mostly teenagers, ages 14 to 17, arriving with their mother or brothers or no one at all. Then came the pregnant women. A mother nursing her infant. A small girl with wide eyes clutching a doll.
A total of 72 came in during the first dark hours of Saturday morning. A third were unaccompanied children.
The life jackets helped many make it across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, the Mexican city across the water from Mission, just west of McAllen. Sources say they come over on rafts ferried by the so-called “coyotes,” the human smugglers whose means of transport are rendered useless whenever discovered by the Border Patrol. Many don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank.
On Sean Hannity's show Monday, Gohmert commented on the “disaster” he experienced over the weekend, saying during one stretch they drove for an hour and half before seeing any Border Patrol agents, but did encounter two coyote lookouts stationed on the American side of the border:
Gohmert: We saw wave after wave after wave of people coming in... But at one point we were driving through the back roads down by the river, miles away from the hardtops and we went for about an hour and a half down along the river before we saw a border patrolmen. We did happen to see two lookouts jump off a cage over, like 10 feet or so.
Hannity: Lookouts from the other side-- from Mexico. Looking out so—
Gohmert: No, actually, Sean, these were on the American side, just about 30 yards from the River.
After experiencing the situation firsthand, Gohmert told Border Patrol agents that he would be "raising hell in Washington" over how "seriously undermanned" they were.