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South African billionaire Elon Musk has long expressed concern about the "major crisis" at the border, where well over 5.8 million migrants have illegally stolen into the U.S. since President Joe Biden took office — including 232,927 just last month.
On Thursday, the owner of X donned a cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses, then set off for the beleaguered city of Eagle Pass, Texas, to see firsthand what he previously indicated the legacy media has ignored and the state's governor has officially deemed an "invasion."
Last week, thousands upon thousands of migrants crossed the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass, a city with a population of around 29,000 residents. The surge prompted Eagle Pass Mayor Roland Salinas Jr. to issue and sign an emergency declaration.
Salinas indicated that "a lot of these [migrants], they're single males and they don't want to listen to instructions and they're leaving the facility. ... Not all of these people come in peace."
Just feet away from a waiting area occupied by multitudes of military-age male illegal aliens, Musk noted that "what we're seeing here are in some cases some pretty extreme individuals coming through."
Musk referenced a sighting of a migrant who had "face tattoos including tears," noting that such markings meant "they have murdered someone and they are so proud of having murdered someone that they tattoo one tear on their face for every one person that they killed."
"That's exactly right," replied Rep. Tony Gonzales, the Texas Republican who gave the tech tycoon a tour of the front lines.
"And this person just declared asylum and we just let them in. ... A serial murderer who is proud of their murders. This is insane," added Musk.
Musk, who appeared taken aback by what he saw, pressed Gonzales about the numbers of illegal aliens flooding into the U.S..
"There's roughly, and correct me if I'm wrong, about two and a half million processed illegals per year," said Musk. "Then it's somewhat debatable how many are sort of unprocessed, but maybe it's like a total of maybe four or five million illegal immigrants per year. And this number has also reached all-time highs ... and is continuing to increase."
Gonzales indicated the Biden administration was doing "nothing" to address the problem, stressing that "American citizens are scared. They just don't feel safe. They don't know who these people are. ... It's a safety issue."
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there have been 12,659 arrests of illegal aliens with criminal convictions so far this year; 24 of these criminal noncitizens had been convicted of murder, and 253 had prior convictions for sexual offenses including rape.
The Department of Homeland Security noted in its annual threat assessment report that "terrorists and criminal actors may exploit the elevated flow and increasingly complex security environment to enter the United States."
The New York Post reported that federal law enforcement has stopped 160 people on the terror watch list from illegally entering the country. It's unclear how many more successfully made their way in.
While surveying the fallout of the Biden administration's failures to secure the border, Musk noted that he is greatly in favor of legal immigration but against what is taking place at Eagle Pass and other high-traffic border areas.
The tech tycoon stressed that if "New York can't handle it, well, pretty much no part of the country can. ... So if we don't do something soon, we're just gonna have, like I said, a collapse in social services, as we're already seeing in New York."
NYC Mayor Eric Adams admitted earlier this month that the influx of illegal aliens under Biden "will destroy New York City," after his flier campaign at the border aimed at discouraging migrants from taking his sanctuary city up on its long-standing promise proved ineffective.
With 100,000 illegal aliens entering the city in recent months and thousands more still pouring in, NYC's Democrat leadership is getting desperate, both announcing budget cuts of over 15% to pay down the tens of billions of dollars the migrant crisis is costing the city and threatening to dump migrants straight onto the streets.
Whereas New York City "is buckling under the load," according to Musk, the city hasn't had to deal with a fraction of what border states like Texas have had to endure.
Gonzales said Americans along the Texas border "really feel abandoned."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.