The owner of a South Texas honky tonk has said she was forced to sell the second-generation business after it was repeatedly broken into and ransacked by illegal migrants.
“I worked alongside my father for 19 years,” Selena Buentello Price, the former owner of The Wagon Wheel, a local barbeque restaurant and bar, told Fox News Digital. “One break-in in 25 years.”
“From February to now, I’ve had five,” Price added. “Not only has my business been broken into and ransacked—it’s just the insecurity now, you don’t feel safe at home anymore.”
She said illegal migrants arriving in Eagle Pass, where her business was located, are always looking for shelter and whatever else they can scrounge from vacant buildings. The restaurant, which had been closed since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, was frequented by migrants.
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The Del Rio sector of the southern border, which includes the small town of Eagle Pass, has had 375,000 migrant encounters since October last year, according to Customs and Border Protection. Price says migrants have “completely overrun” the small town leading residents and business owners to feel insecure.
“Two locations down from our original location, our smokehouse and our honky-tonk, we have this facility that assists in processing all these immigrants coming in,” Price told Fox News.
“Once they are processed — I literally see busloads on a daily basis — they’re just released, and they find sanctuary in anything that’s abandoned or not,” she said. “What I had that I valued — that not only had sentimental value, but had actual monetary value — has depreciated thanks to the mess, the trash, the vandalism.”
Price added that she has had to monitor her buildings in the early morning hours for migrants trying to break in.
“I’m so scared that they’re going to steal something that was a family heirloom of mine and depreciate the value even more by rummaging through my stuff and breaking that building,” she said.
Price’s breaking point came when she encountered an intruder on her property one evening. She called police, but the intruder was gone by the time they arrived.
“So, I decided to finally sell my family business,” Price said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris, whom President Biden appointed as ‘border czar’ early in their term, ridiculously claimed last week in an interview with NBC News that the border is “secure.”
“I’ve got pictures of our game cams catching more immigrants than I did wildlife,” Price said regarding her 126-acre ranch.
“Years prior to this opening of the borders, we used to see maybe five immigrants a month,” Price said. “As soon as those borders opened … there was movement every single day.”
She also said she has been forced to sell her horses and cattle because migrants were cutting her fences daily and allowing the livestock to escape.
“I was forced because I couldn’t maintain my fences quick enough,” she said. “They were being damaged every other day.”
Now, she and her 29-year-old daughter keep handguns in their bedrooms because they fear for their lives.
“Our security as we know it is gone,” she told the network.