Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says that since 2011, 1,671 dead bodies have been recovered in Texas – with many of those found in Brooks County.
Patrick made the claim at a press conference earlier this month, where he and other Texas Republicans spoke about what they see as a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Patrick said photos show skeletons sitting in the South Texas desert “like something we would see in a third-world country where there’s been some sort of civil war.”
Written by Sara Schleede.
Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.
Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the number of bodies recovered.