Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday tore into the Biden administration for what he described as a “complete abandonment” of enforcing the country’s immigration laws, as he warned of an “unprecedented” migrant surge that was forcing his state to take drastic action.
“The bottom line is that, because of the current administration’s complete abandonment of enforcing the laws passed by the United States Congress concerning immigration, there is an unprecedented increase of people coming across border, and the federal government has left it to the state of Texas and its counties to pick up the load of responding to the unprecedented amount of people coming into the country,” he said.
Meeting with our border sheriffs who are on the front lines of this crisis.
Thank you for your partnership.
In the federal government’s absence, we will continue working together to secure our border. pic.twitter.com/4Zesc7V82G
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 10, 2021
There were 180,000 migrant encounters in May alone, and that number is expected to remain about the same in June. It’s a massive increase from the number of encounters in similar months last year, where just 23,000 were encountered in May 2020.
Republicans have blamed the migrant surge, as well as their release into the U.S. in some cases, on the rollback of border protections like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the halting of wall construction, while accusing the administration of focusing on processing migrants rather than removing them.
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