Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been at the forefront of the border security issue, and in a recent interview, he discussed the ongoing challenges faced by his state and the constitutional right of Texas to take action. Abbott emphasized that Border Patrol members have expressed support for the measures taken by Texas to secure the border, stating that they believe it actually makes their job easier.
The governor criticized President Joe Biden for not fulfilling his duty to deny illegal entry into the country and for failing to detain those who do cross the border, as required by federal law. He argued that Biden's actions are in violation of existing laws, such as Title VIII, USC, 1324, which prohibits alien smuggling, transportation, and harboring of illegal immigrants. Abbott asserted that if he were to engage in the same activities as Biden, he would be facing legal consequences.
Abbott further argued that the federal government's abandonment of immigration enforcement has given Texas the right to take action. He highlighted Texas' success in reducing illegal immigration at certain points along the border, including a park where the number of border crossings has significantly decreased. The governor praised his fellow Republican governors for their support and offered assistance in defending the border.
When asked about the potential federalization of the Texas National Guard, Abbott believed it would be a political blunder for Biden and expressed readiness to ensure Texas could continue securing the border if such a move occurred. He reiterated the urgency of the situation, noting that known terrorists have been found crossing the border, posing an imminent danger to the state and country.
Abbott's efforts to address the border crisis have garnered support from half of America's governors and a majority of state attorneys general. His stance demonstrates that he believes Texas is not just fighting for its own security but also standing up for the entire United States.
The ongoing border security challenges highlighted in Governor Abbott's interview underline the complexity of the issue and the need for effective immigration policies. With concerns about national security and the impact of unvetted immigration, it is clear that this is a pressing matter that requires attention and action from all levels of government.