Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visited the southern border last week and spoke with Border Patrol agents about the influx in illegal immigration and slammed the Biden administration for instituting policies that are “enriching” drug cartels.
Border Patrol officers told Abbott the “massive surge” in illegal immigration was caused by the policy change of the Biden administration and warned that it will get “far worse” in the coming months.
Abbott said that Border Patrol officers told him that there was a total of 90,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande sector in 2020. According to the officers, there has already been about 110,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector this year.
Of the 110,000 apprehensions this year, 800 were criminal aliens who had previously been arrested and deported, 78 sex offenders and 62 gang members, which include MS-13 gangs, Abbott said.
“The Biden open border policy is inviting even more illegal immigration and actually have created this humanitarian crisis,” Abbott told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo.
Operation Lone Star was launched in Texas to mitigate the surge in illegal immigration and cartel smuggling. According to Abbott, the operation deploys National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety officers to help fill in the gaps along the border to prevent the cartels from smuggling illegal drugs and migrants.
Bartiromo asked if the new operation was putting Border Patrol agents in harm’s way.
“Our Border Patrol agents are being putting in harm’s way in several ways,” Abbott responded.
Abbott said that Border Patrol agents were not being protected from the coronavirus because the Biden administration was not providing COVID-19 vaccines to the agents.
“Because of my public outcry when I was down on the border, now, finally, the Biden administration has changed gears and they are doing exactly what I called for and that is providing the border patrol with the vaccines they need because they are exposed to everybody coming across the border.”
Abbott confirmed that many migrants crossing the Texas border are infected with COVID-19. Abbott said he was unable to provide data on how many migrants were infected with coronavirus because the Biden administration has “refused and failed” to release those numbers.
“I am expecting answers from the Biden administration immediately this week,” Abbott said. “We need the total number of migrants who have been apprehended at the border who have tested positive for COVID-19. The state of Texas is responsible for fully reporting out anybody in our state who has COVID-19.”
“We expect that data and we expect the Biden administration to step up and assist the state of Texas in being able to respond to the imported challenge, imported only because of the change in policies by the Biden administration.”
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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