As federal officials warn of a worsening crisis at the southern border, a New Mexico ranching family is urging President Trump to build the wall, including on their land. 

Speaking to Heather Childers on "Fox & Friends First" Thursday, Russell Johnson and his wife, Brandy, said the family is disappointed when they hear Democrats call the border situation a "manufactured crisis."

Their ranch, which stretches for eight miles along the border, has been in the family for 100 years, but only barbwire separates the ranch from Mexico on a three-mile stretch. The other five miles is protected by vehicle barriers. 

"It’s very disheartening and if you don’t live in it then, I don’t even know how to express just the disappointment in what’s going on," said Brandy, explaining that criminal activity is occurring in the area, not asylum-seekers. 

Russell Johnson said the family pays to maintain the barbwire, which is often penetrated by a vehicle that drives through it. He said there is an easement from 1907 that gives the government the right to build a wall on the public portions of their land. 

"What we are telling President Trump is: You’ve already got the easement through the public land and we will give the U.S. government a continuation of that Roosevelt easement through our private property to build the wall," he said. 

The couple said their isolated ranch does not have cell phone service and the Border Patrol is the only local law enforcement around. 

"We do carry protection with us ... we try to be aware of our surroundings. You might pay attention what time of day you go into certain areas cause you never know who you might encounter out there," he explained.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February, a "remarkable" leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years. The number of illegals attempting to cross the border rose 100 percent from Feb. 2018 to Feb. 2019.



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