Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed strong criticism of the border policies implemented by the Biden administration.
During a press conference at Eagle Pass on Sunday, Abbott, along with 13 Republican governors, expressed their criticism towards Biden’s inability to address the issue of illegal immigration. They specifically highlighted the fact that illegal immigration reached a record monthly high in December.
“President Biden has abandoned his constitutional duty to protect Americans by refusing to secure our southern border,” Abbott said. “During his presidency, Joe Biden has smashed records for illegal immigration and allowed total chaos to be unleashed along our southern border.”
Mr. Abbott accused President Biden of completely neglecting his duty to uphold the laws of the United States.
“Joe Biden, it is your turn now — your obligation, your duty, to follow the laws Congress passed and secure the border, just as Texas has,” Abbott said, speaking alongside the governors of Tennessee, Montana, Arkansas and Georgia among others.
Abbott and Biden have been at odds for several months, with Abbott emphasizing that the president’s border policies are causing significant harm to Texas.
“As opposed to detaining illegal immigrants, Biden has let them all loose, with no ability to accurately determine their whereabouts,” Abbott said during a press conference Sunday at the park. “We’ve seen the catastrophic consequences of Joe Biden’s open border policy.”
According to preliminary statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended over 225,000 migrants who crossed the southern border without authorization in the first 27 days of December. It’s important to note that this number does not include legal entries at ports of entry. The Biden administration has been processing approximately 50,000 migrants each month at these ports, primarily through a smartphone app.
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According to Governor Abbott, Texas is facing a significant increase in illegal immigration, which has prompted the state’s border patrol to take stringent actions to safeguard its borders. In a statement, Governor Abbott emphasized the need for robust measures to curb the influx of undocumented immigrants, stating that the border patrol will employ all available means, short of resorting to shooting immigrants, to protect the state’s border.
We are using every tool that can be used from building a border wall, to building these border barriers, to passing this law that I signed that led to another lawsuit by the Biden administration where I signed a law making it illegal for somebody to enter Texas from another country,” Abbott said on a podcast with former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch last week.
The only thing that we’re not doing is shooting people who come across the border because, of course, the Biden administration would charge us with murder,” Abbott later added.
According to Abbott, the installation of over 100 miles of razor wire barriers in Texas has led to a significant decrease in unauthorized border crossings.
“They have ensured that this entire park that we are in right now will not be an area that can be used to pass anymore,” he said.
During the news conference, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders also criticized the president.
“Because of his failures, Governor Abbott is having to step up, governors from across the country are having to step up and do the job of the federal government because they simply won’t,” Sanders said.
President Biden had a conversation with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico on Saturday afternoon. During their phone call, they discussed the challenges at the border that both countries share and expressed their commitment to maintaining a productive partnership. This information was provided in a readout of their conversation.
The conversation between the two leaders is a starting point to resolve what Abbott describes as an “invasion.” It remains uncertain if this dialogue will lead to any change.
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