If it only saves one life, Barack Obama should stop talking about offering illegal aliens amnesty.

Officials say the number of people entering the U.S. illegally is way up and, tragically, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been found dead in the unforgiving Texas Brush Country is way up, and is on path this year to beat last year’s record for the number of people found dead in the ranch country.

Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame directly on talk of ‘amnesty’ and a ‘path to citizenship’ for people who entered the U.S. illegally.

She recalls one man being arrested on her ranch not long ago.

“The Border Patrol agent was loading one man up, and he told the officer in Spanish, ‘Obama’s gonna let me go’.”

Border Patrol agents report that immigrants are crossing the border, and in some cases surrendering while asking, “Where do I go for my amnesty?”

“When you have amnesty waving in the wind, you’re going to get an increase,” Vickers says.  “And when you get an increase, especially with this heat, you’re going to get an increase in deaths.”

She says the current increase in illegal immigrant entries began last summer, at almost exactly the same time as President Obama unilaterally announced plans to no longer deport young people who came to the U.S. as children with their illegal immigrant parents.

“Washington is directly responsible for these deaths,” she said.

The illegal alien is probably right about Obama letting him go, but that won’t happen before someone puts a voter registration card in his hand first.