Texas Gov. Greg Abbott did not hold back as he took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the Biden administration’s border policies, which have led to an escalating crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Abbott’s fiery tweets came in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing a lawsuit against Texas over its efforts to secure the border. The governor’s statements highlighted the devastating impact of the administration’s approach, leaving Texans and Americans concerned for their safety.
Through a series of tweets, Governor Abbott of Texas commended the state’s border security for intercepting more than 422 million deadly doses of fentanyl since 2021, substances that he attributed to President Biden’s inadequate border control. Additionally, he highlighted the significant rise in illegal immigrant apprehensions and criminal arrests within the state, underscoring the Biden administration’s inability to address the unfolding crisis effectively.
Governor Abbott proudly announced that Texas authorities have successfully confiscated a staggering 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl since the year 2021. The governor emphasized the severity of this massive drug seizure, pointing out that it constitutes a quantity sufficient to pose a lethal threat to the entire American population.
Furthermore he went on to highlight the state’s significant accomplishments in apprehending 394,200 illegal immigrants and making 31,300 criminal arrests. Abbott directly attributed these impressive law enforcement feats to what he perceives as President Biden’s failure to effectively carry out his duties.
Today, I sent President Biden a letter responding to his Justice Department's threat to sue Texas for deploying marine barriers on the Rio Grande.
Texas will fully utilize our sovereign authority to respond to the border crisis @POTUS created.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) July 24, 2023
Abbott further warned that the Biden administration would “face the consequences” should the DOJ continue its lawsuit against Texas. The lawsuit was prompted by the state’s use of a floating buoy border barrier to prevent illegal immigration, which the DOJ deemed to be in violation of the Rivers and Harbors Act.
Operation Lone Star, Texas’ coordinated effort to secure the border and combat transnational crime, has achieved significant results. The state’s authorities reported over 394,200 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 31,300 criminal arrests, with an astonishing 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl seized during border missions, according to reports from Fox News. Abbott underscored that these actions were necessary due to the administration’s refusal to secure the border effectively.
“The Department of Justice made clear that it is prepared to take the governor to court if he doesn’t immediately remove the unlawful structures in the Rio Grande,” the governor’s statement read.
Abbott has consistently maintained that Texas has the constitutional authority to defend its border. He blamed President Biden for the growing crisis and asserted that Texas would continue to employ all available strategies to protect its citizens and address the challenges caused by the influx of migrants.
“The governor’s actions are cruel and putting both migrants and border agents in danger,” the White House responded. However, Abbott remains undeterred, standing firm in his commitment to addressing the border crisis and defending Texans’ safety.
As the legal battle between Texas and the federal government unfolds, the border crisis remains a pressing issue, and Abbott’s tweets reflect a fierce determination to highlight the damaging consequences of Biden’s policies on border security.
With public safety at stake, the situation demands attention and decisive action to address the complex challenges facing the nation’s borders.
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