As millions of illegal aliens flood across the southern border, a Democrat candidate in one of Texas’ largest counties says open borders are a “human right.”

Deborah Peoples is the Democrat candidate for Tarrant County Judge, vying to replace outgoing County Judge Glenn Whitley.

In an audio recording from a recent fundraiser held in Austin obtained by Texas Scorecard, Peoples was asked if she believes open borders are a human right.

“Yes it is, yes it is,” Peoples emphatically agreed.

Peoples added that she would be an “outspoken advocate” on the issue with the Legislature.

Additionally, Peoples took aim at the 287(g) program – an initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that allows state and local law enforcement agencies to collaborate with federal agencies to arrest criminal aliens.

“Why are we participating in a program that’s costing us money?” asked Peoples, saying the county doesn’t have the prison space to house them.

The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, meanwhile, recently noted that illegal aliens made up 185 of the more than 4,300 people currently jailed in the county, with their charges including murder, sexual assault of a child, and terroristic threats.

Peoples is being challenged by Republican candidate Tim O’Hare.

“There is not a single reason why a county leader should advocate for illegal border crossing,” said O’Hare. “There are real victims of human trafficking, murder, illegal weapons and all kinds of criminal activity committed by illegal immigrants who have come across our border and landed right here in Tarrant County. The Tarrant County Judge is supposed to keep families safe. My opponent’s wild open border stance puts us all in danger.”

Early voting begins October 24. Election day is November 8.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens