On Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” program, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy were vocally critical of 911 responders in Texas being “forced” to speak Spanish to assist debilitated and dying migrants before speaking with Chief Deputy Urbino “Benny” Martinez of Brooks County, Texas to discuss the crisis.
Before Martinez came on the air to speak, Doocy introduced the segment by stating, “They stumbled across the border illegally, and now they need your help.”
“A small town just 270 miles south of Houston, illegal immigrants are learning the hard way that there’s a deadly cost to crossing the border,” said Kilmeade. “Not only are they [Brooks County] understaffed and lacking resources, now they’ve got to deal with illegal immigrants who have no business being here.”
Kilmeade and Martinez discussed the frequency and severity of the calls. “Those are pretty regular calls on a daily basis,” said Martinez.
“So, those calls you have to respond to, even though for the most part when you get there, you realize, they’re not even American citizens?” asked Kilmeade.
“That’s correct, but they’re on U.S. soil, and due process comes into play, and that’s the way we’re taking them as,” replied Martinez.
Martinez said that these 911 calls can be difficult to process because emergency responders don’t always know the exact location of the callers. Just this year, 43 bodies have been found in the area.
“What do you want the message to be, to Washington and everybody else watching?” asked Kilmeade.
Martinez called this problem a “humanitarian crisis” and talked about the importance of those in Washington having a serious, nonpartisan dialogue about this problem at the border.
“Forget about the Republican side, forget about the Democratic side, sit down and have a sincere dialogue where they can actually resolve this issue. It has to be resolved. As long as they keep stalling it, this is going to continue. And it’s going to continue to where our funds are going to be depleted,” said Martinez.