The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) has for months been documenting damages reported by the state's farmers that they attribute to migrants traveling north after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
After the bureau led more than 50 other state and national farming organizations in calling for a federal response last month, its president is asking for President Joe Biden's administration to help pick up the tab.
TFB President Russell Boening recently told The New York Post that while the federal government has a way for Americans to request assistance from the federal government after their home or business is impacted by a sudden storm or other natural disaster, property owners do not have a way to request that same kind of assistance when the damages incurred are related to immigration.
"When there's a disaster of some kind—people lose property or lose their home, or lose part of their property—there's places that you can go apply and say, 'OK, this is what I lost,'" Boening said. "We don't have a direct way to do it."