Gov. Abbott wants Texas reimbursed for battling crime caused by border mess, doing federal government’s job

AUSTIN, TX – In an escalating battle between Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Biden administration over the crisis at the southern border, the Governor said Thursday that he wants the federal government to reimburse Texas for costs incurred by the border surge and resulting crime increase.

During an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Gov. Abbott said:

“(Texas officials) are enforcing the law by going into these stash houses, by making arrests, by making the apprehensions, doing everything that the Biden administration is supposed to be doing, but even more than that.

“Because what happens is these cartels know exactly what they’re doing, and they distract the Border Patrol so that they can try to sneak into the U.S. drugs or people from terrorist-sponsor nations and that’s exactly why we need Texas law enforcement filling that gap so that we can detect and crack down on crimes like that that may be coming across the border.”

The Governor has been critical of President Joe Biden’s immigration policies since taking office in January. President Biden announced the relaxation of immigration enforcement and other actions that have resulted in a surge of illegal immigrants arriving at the border with Mexico.

On March 6, Governor Abbott announced Operation Lone Star to send Texas law enforcement personnel and resources to high threat areas along the border. On March 17, he expanded the operation to include anti-human trafficking efforts.

The Governor said that Texas law enforcement is having to do the job that the federal government should be doing, and the state should be reimbursed for the expense to its taxpayers:

“We are asking the federal government to re-imburse Texas for the cost that we are incurring because of this.”

Gov. Abbott said that the President’s “open border policies” are resulting in an increase in crime coming over the border into Texas, and Texas law enforcement having to deal with it. In just four weeks, the Texas Department of Public Safety has arrested over 600 criminals who entered the country illegally, according to the Governor.

The Governor added that over 16,000 illegal immigrants were seized in the same time period and released to the Border Patrol. He gave one example:

“Let me give you one example. The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated a ‘stash house.’ At that ‘stash house,’ they found four illegal immigrants plus a gang member who was wanted on two counts of rape of a child.”

Gov. Abbott said that the Biden administration was flooding immigration facilities with far too many immigrants and is violating federal law:

“The Biden administration, I believe, is clearly in violation of what the federal standards are. As we have found in the Midland location, for example, not only did we find that more than ten percent of the unaccompanied minors… had tested positive for Covid, but also we found a lack of safety in the region such as not having adequate fencing or guarding around it to prevent people from getting out.”

In March, the Biden administration offered to reimburse local officials and nonprofits in Texas who are helping migrant families released from custody at the border by proving shelter and testing them for COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott rejected the offer, saying the program created an “illegal immigration program”:

“(Texas will) not aid a program that makes our country a magnet for illegal immigration.”

The Governor also sent a letter on March 30 to Vice President Kamala Harris, whom the President tasked with addressing the border crisis. In the letter, Gov. Abbott wrote:

“Now that President Biden has named you Border Czar in charge of the administration’s response, I want to express to you the threats and challenges caused by this administration’s open border policies.

These policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who continue to ramp up their criminal operations.

“Given your new role as the administration’s Border Czar, I urge you to visit the border to see the crisis for yourself, and I implore the Biden administration to take swift action to secure the border, crack down on human trafficking, and prevent more children from being trafficked and abused.”

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Cruz: Biden’s ‘most radical immigration plan proposed in history’ bringing in ‘criminals, murderers, rapists’

February 26, 2021

HOUSTON, TX – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused the Biden administration of moving rapidly toward open borders during a radio interview yesterday. Cruz said Biden’s immigration plan is the “most radical” plan ever proposed.

Cruz blasted Biden’s attempts to halt deportations of illegal immigrants living in the United States. A Department of Homeland Security memo ordered by Biden issued on his first day in office instructed immigration deportations to be paused pending reviews of ICE policies.

The policy was blocked by a preliminary injunction issued by a judge in January. U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton of the Southern District of Texas issued a second injunction against the pause on Tuesday. Judge Tipton said that the administration could conduct the review but “a need to assess priorities does not necessarily mean a pause on government functions.”

During an interview on the Michael Berry Show, Cruz said the Biden administration wants to return all deported persons back to the United States, regardless of criminal history:

“You look at the Biden immigration plan which was put out, is the most radical immigration plan any administration has proposed in history.

“They have proposed allowing every single person who was deported from this country for the last four years to come back…and by the way, they don’t make exceptions for criminals, for murderers, for rapists.

“I mean it’s utterly bizarre to have a federal administration refusing to enforce the law against violent criminals and frankly it makes our country more dangerous, it makes Texas more dangerous…”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas signaled the administration’s light-handed approach to immigration during his Senate confirmation hearing in early February.

When asked what message he had for migrant caravans headed to the United States border expecting a more welcoming country than when Donald Trump was president, Mayorkas responded:

“There’s a commitment to follow our asylum laws, to enforce our asylum laws, and that means to provide humanitarian relief for those individuals who qualify for it under the law.”

His comments, and others made by Biden officials, have been received as invitations to come to the border by migrants. Honduran migrant Marlon Lopez told CNN in January that then-President-elect Biden was “going to help all of us. (Biden) has given us 100 days to get to the U.S. I’m here today because I’m dreaming to get to the U.S.”

Cruz said that Biden is moving rapidly toward open borders, and does not care who gets let into the country:

“We are a nation of immigrants and there are wonderful people who come here and come here legally. There’s a right way to come.

“But today’s Democratic Party has been radicalized where they’re you know, they’re not even willing to enforce the law against violent criminals who are committing horrific crimes.”

Cruz’s criticism comes at a delicate time for President Biden and the Democrats, who spent most of the presidential campaign in 2020 attacking the Trump administration for detaining children at the border. The Biden administration is struggling to control a surge at the border brought on by his promises of leniency on immigration. Biden had to re-open a controversial children’s detention center along the border this week, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed the detention was necessary because of COVID-19 protocols.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd refuted Psaki’s explanation for the change in policy stating:

“Today, Jen Psaki said the administration could not hold the children in other locations due to the Covid protocols including social distancing, but what she didn’t tell the media was that the children in (Border Patrol’s) custody were being held in conditions that have nearly no way to social distance.

“The hypocrisy from the left and the mainstream media indeed shows they care nothing for the children they used as pawns to attack President Trump. They are being held in the same locations they accused the Trump administration of inhuman acts when they said he was holding ‘kids in cages.’”

Immigration Reform Law Institute representative Dale Wilcox did not hold back when he was asked about Biden’s immigration plan, calling it:

“A bizarre and sinister attempt to shutter our entire immigration law enforcement system.”

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