By Bethany Blankley (The Middle Sq.)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday despatched a letter to New York Metropolis Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, inviting them to go to Texas’ southern border to see the humanitarian disaster firsthand.
Whereas Adams and Bowser are involved about receiving round 100 individuals a day being transported north from the southern border, Texas is receiving a number of thousand a day, Abbott mentioned.
Native communities can’t maintain the record-high numbers of individuals illegally getting into Texas from over 150 nations, sufficient fentanyl pouring in to kill everybody within the U.S., and record-breaking crime ensuing from President Joe Biden’s “reckless open border insurance policies [that] have invited mass migration and transnational prison exercise into Texas communities,” he mentioned.
In a letter to the mayors despatched Monday, he wrote, “Your current curiosity on this historic and preventable disaster is a welcome improvement, particularly because the President and his Administration have proven no regret for his or her actions nor want to deal with the state of affairs themselves.
“I invite you to go to our border area to see firsthand the dire state of affairs that solely grows extra pressing with every passing day, and to satisfy with the native officers, who like yourselves, notice this matter deserves speedy federal motion. I additionally ask you to affix me in requesting President Biden safe the border and put an finish to this disastrous disaster.”
His invitation got here after the mayors blamed him for the humanitarian disaster their cities are dealing with because of a number of thousand individuals who’ve entered the U.S. illegally being despatched to New York Metropolis by the Biden administration and to Washington, D.C., by Abbott.
“As you recognize, our nation’s southern border has develop into each a humanitarian and safety disaster,” he wrote. “This disaster was created by President Biden and is one which requires speedy and decisive motion to be stopped. As Governor of a southern border state, I’ve watched unlawful crossings hit file highs time and again since President Biden took workplace. Within the absence of federal motion, I’ve deployed unprecedented sources to forestall, deter, and interdict unlawful immigration and transnational prison exercise that threatens our residents. Texas has spent over $3 billion up to now 18 months to curtail the devastation felt by our communities massive and small.”
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Whereas the mayors have publicly complained about strained sources, the Texas legislature allotted $4 billion to frame safety efforts and handed legal guidelines to make it simpler to arrest and prosecute human and drug smugglers.
The state has arrested and jailed prison trespassers and overseas nationals committing state crimes. Abbott has signed a number of payments into regulation penalizing human trafficking and people manufacturing and distributing fentanyl.
Texas additionally for the primary time in U.S. historical past started constructing a border wall and is the one state to enter into agreements with the governors of 4 Mexican states to reinforce border safety measures.
Abbot has issued catastrophe declarations for counties inundated with crime stemming from Biden’s border insurance policies, issued government orders to thwart prison exercise and authorize the Texas Nationwide Guard and DPS to return overseas nationals and prison aliens who’ve entered Texas illegally to the border. He’s additionally established strike groups to focus on semi-trucks and different industrial autos getting into Texas from Mexico.
No mayor or governor has carried out the insurance policies Abbot has within the final 18 months, insurance policies he argues he shouldn’t have needed to implement if Biden have been doing his job and securing the border.
The mayors haven’t but responded to his invitation, however White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters final week that the busing scheme was “shameful.”
“What Republicans are doing, the best way that they’re meddling within the course of and utilizing migrants as a political pawn is simply improper,” she mentioned.
Abbott sending individuals to “massive cities” was “on function” and he was “utilizing them as a political level. … there’s a course of in place, and we should always comply with the method. There’s a authorized course of in place, and they need to comply with it.”
However Abbott argues, “Sadly, President Biden and his ‘Border Czar’ Vice President [Kamala] Harris have refused to see this disaster for themselves – remaining willfully unaware of the disaster that they’ve created.”
Division of Homeland Safety Secretary Mayorkas just lately claimed the southern border was “protected and safe,” which Abbott says is fake; it’s “neither protected nor safe, as you possibly can each attest to.”
“As regulation enforcement brokers alongside the Texas-Mexico border reply to 1000’s of unlawful crossings every day, placing their lives on the road for Texans and for all People, the disaster calls for the eye of not solely the Biden Administration, which is liable for securing the border, however of leaders throughout the nation,” he argues.