Seventh-generation Texas rancher Ruperto Escobar said he's willing to give up part of his land for President Trump's long-promised border wall.

Escobar appeared on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning as a partial government shutdown over border security funding stretched into a 33rd day.

Escobar said he sees extensive drug trafficking near his ranch in Roma, Texas, on the banks of the Rio Grande.

"I've lived there 75 years and I've seen everything," he said, explaining that it's common to see drug traffickers speeding back to the Mexican side of the border with law enforcement in pursuit.

He said the flow of illegal immigrants crossing near his ranch has slowed over the years, but the Border Patrol still made more than 160,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley in 2018.


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Escobar has said he would allow the government to use some of his land to construct a border barrier to help stop the flow of drugs and illegal aliens.

He had a strong response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif) claim that a border wall would be "immoral."

"M'am, I don't know where you get your facts, but what we have endured in my lifetime, which is about 75 years now -- of seeing the number of illegals coming across here, trampling over our fences, the drug dealers tearing down our gates -- that is immoral," Escobar said.

"And we're tired of it. We need that wall."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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