Texas Gov. Abbott says Biden “completely abandoned” everyone living on the border
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told “Sunday Morning Futures” in an exclusive interview that the Biden administration “has completely abandoned” ranchers, residents of his state and “everyone who lives on the border,” arguing that President Joe Biden was “endangering them.”
He also pointed out that “these are counties and these are people who have traditionally voted Democrats that the Biden administration ignores.”
The Texas governor also blamed Biden’s “catastrophic open border policies” for the migrant crisis.
Abbott told host Maria Bartiromo, who visited the southern border last week, that a year ago, under the Trump administration, the policies put in place led to “the greatest reduction” of border crossings.
“But now we are seeing the highest number of crossings and all because of the catastrophic open border policies of the Biden administration,” he continued.
The southern border crisis has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants encountered in recent months and has overwhelmed border patrol agents while causing a huge political headache for the Biden administration.
During a visit to the border near Mission, Texas last week, Fox News saw groups of migrants crossing, mostly families, who were directed to nearby processing areas.
Border patrol agents told Fox News that migrant family units were unlikely to be removed under Title 42 public health protections (only 19% of family units were removed under Title 42 in August) and would instead be processed and released indoors – potentially at a nearby bus station – either that evening or in the morning.
The Biden administration ended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that kept migrants in Mexico pending their immigration process. Separately, they also ended the Asylum Cooperation Agreements (ACA), which meant that migrants would instead seek asylum in the Northern Triangle countries.
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With these changes, the administration also reinstated the practice known as “catch and release,” something the Trump administration had used a patchwork of policies to end. Today, while single adults are mostly still deported from the United States, migrant families are mostly allowed to enter the United States – have only issued a court appearance notice or a notification to a nearby Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility.
Republicans blamed dramatic policy changes, including ending construction of the border wall, for increased migration. More than 200,000 migrants were met in July and August, and DHS secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly warned of a worst-case scenario where 400,000 migrants would cross the border if Title 42 public health deportations ended.
The Biden administration, however, blamed a mix of Trump administration policies and “root causes” in Central America for the push.
Abbott warned that the cartels had “become even more aggressive.”
He said cartels on the Mexican side of the border “are starting to open fire on the National Guard that Texas has deployed at the border to secure the border.”
“It escalates into a war of gunfire on either side of the border where Texas and our National Guard have to defend themselves and the state of Texas,” Abbott continued.
He went on to explain that “Texas is trying to do more than any other state has ever done to help secure this region.”
Abbott added that “Texas has spent over $ 3 billion in securing the border.”
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He explained that this includes the presence of the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety at the border and that “Texas itself is building a border wall to make sure that we will be able to better secure our border. “.
Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.