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President Biden under Fire by Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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HLS.Today – Abbott was hired by state legislators. Ryan Gillen, who converted from Democrat to Republican in November 2021. State Senator Brian Bardwell, R-Fort Worth. Greg Abbott visited the Rio Grande Valley again on Tuesday, during which he continued to attack President Joe Biden and his administration’s border policies. Steve McCullough, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Lieutenant General Thomas Suelzer of the Texas Department of Defense. Newly appointed Tsarmike Banks of the Texas border. The visit was Abbott’s first to the Valley since his state address last week.


A member of the media was asked to leave a conference room at his DPS headquarters in Weslaco, where the named individual was conducting his nearly hour-long border security roundtable. Following the discussion, Abbott once again invited the media to the conference room to provide an update on the state of the Texas-Mexico border and the current challenges faced by border officials.


“Three years ago, we had the lowest number of border crossings in decades,” Abbott said at the start of the news conference. “There was a reason why we had such a low number of border crossings three years ago. It’s because we had a president who had implemented four very simple policies that led to that dramatic decrease in illegal border crossings.”


The primary reason for the low number of crossings three years ago was then-President Donald Trump’s implementation of Title 42 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, which gave authority to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to immediately expel anyone who crossed into the country because of the public health emergency.


The governor also referenced the end to “catch and release,” the implementation of the Remain in Mexico policy and the border wall, without citing data.


“As soon as President Biden took office, he eliminated all of those policies that President Trump put in place, and also issued basically an open invitation to anybody in the world that they can come here to the United States and cross our border illegally with no consequences,” Abbott said. “The result was extraordinarily predictable.”


Texas Governor Greg Abbott holds a press conference concerning border security along the Texas border with Mexico at the Weslaco DPS Headquarters on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, in Weslaco. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Abbott said that the state saw the highest number of apprehensions in history. He criticized what he called Biden’s open border policy, adding that he had declared securing the border to be an emergency item during the legislative session as a result.


He said that with Title 42 expected to expire in May, he is anticipating up to 18,000 border crossings per day. Abbott cited federal estimates but did not disclose what federal agency those estimates came from.


“We’re sending a message today, and that is to say that if you’re coming towards the United States of America and you are thinking about crossing our border, and you’re thinking about making the border crossing in the state of Texas, you’re picking the wrong state to enter into or try to enter into,” he said. “Because we’re going to do everything we can to keep you out of our border, out of our country.”


Guillen said that based on data points shared during the closed-door discussion, he is convinced that Operation Lone Star is impacting illegal border crossings into Texas. He said that despite that, he believes that there is much that needs to be done to stop drugs from entering the US through Texas.


Guillen did not share any of that data.


“When you look back to 2020 and compare 2019 and 2020 to today, you have probably a 500 or 600% increase in illegal crossings and the fentanyl and illicit substances,” Guillen said. “Substances that are coming across have grown exponentially as well. That’s very concerning, so we as a state are committed to continue trying to address it.”


HLS.Today Source: RioGrandeValley.GOV



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