Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tore up the Biden administration on Saturday for what he described as a “complete abandonment” of the country’s immigration law enforcement, as he warned of a wave of “unprecedented” migrants forcing his state to take drastic measures.
“Ultimately, due to the current administration’s complete abandonment of the enforcement of laws passed by the United States Congress regarding immigration, there is an unprecedented increase in the number of people crossing the border. border, and the federal government has left it up to the state of Texas and its counties to shoulder the burden of responding to the unprecedented number of people entering the country, ”he said.
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There were 180,000 migrant encounters in May alone, and that number is expected to stay roughly the same in June. This is a massive increase from the number of meetings in similar months last year, when only 23,000 were met in May 2020.
Republicans have blamed the influx of migrants, as well as their release to the United States in some cases, to the rollback of border protections such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and halting the construction of walls, all by accusing the administration of focusing on treating migrants rather than suppressing them.
The Biden administration noted that meetings had increased since April last year, and also blamed a mixture of the Trump administration’s unpreparedness as well as root causes like violence and poverty in Central America.
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Abbott has sounded the alarm on illegal immigrants being released to the United States or escaping overwhelmed border patrol officers – as well as the increase in drugs like fentanyl entering the country.
He recently announced a plan to build a wall in Texas, after the Biden administration halted construction of the Trump-era wall, and advanced a $ 250 million down payment for the project. The state has also made room in prisons to keep illegal immigrants. In addition, Abbott has made the funding of border security one of the main components of the state legislature.
Abbott’s remarks on Saturday came during a meeting with border sheriffs, where he received updates from law enforcement on efforts to keep drugs and illegal contraband out of the way. ‘State.
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He said his office was working with the state prison commission and other agencies because “the volume of people arrested or to be arrested is so large” and also warned of a “coordinated effort” from the side. Texan from the border by smugglers and cartels to place illegal immigrants in hiding places.
There has also been an increase in the number of high-speed pursuits as law enforcement follows smugglers attempting to smuggle and smuggle migrants into the United States.
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Abbott had also called for help from other states, some of which had sent members of the National Guard to help secure the border – and on Saturday Abbott warned that the border crisis was not just a border issue, nor even a Texas problem, given the threat drugs like fentanyl pose to other states.
“Just because the federal government gave up its responsibility, we didn’t,” he said.
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