Texas has been on the front lines of the 2021 migrant crisis
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described Tuesday how law enforcement had built a “steel barrier” of vehicles to prevent migrants from entering the United States — as the Lone Star State works to stem a wave of illegal migration. Is.
“They have built a steel barrier to prevent people from being able to cross the border,” Abbott told a news conference discussing the migrant crisis in Del Rio, where thousands of Haitian migrants have hiked in the past week.
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“One day countless people were coming across the border, then the same day the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) parked all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border at this location. .. that strategy is working.”
He said vehicles last for miles and are one of several “unprecedented” steps he said are being taken by Texas to avert a border crisis – including a $3 billion investment by the legislature to address the challenge. is included.
Abbott said Texas is moving forward, as the Biden administration is “promoting and allowing open border policies.”
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“The only thing they’ve shown is their inability to deal with this crisis, blatantly in a way where they pretend it doesn’t even exist,” the Republican governor said at a press conference. “And we’re here to tell you, it exists and it’s total chaos—and the Biden administration—they need to step up their game.”
There have been more than 200,000 migrant encounters in both July and August as part of a continuous migratory wave. Last week more than 14,000 mostly Haitian expatriates were camping under the Del Rio bridge. The Department of Homeland Security has increased resources and agents in the area in response, and the number on the bridge has been reduced to about 8,000.
The Biden administration has blamed the Trump administration for shutting down legal asylum routes along with “root causes” such as poverty and violence in Central America. Republicans have blamed the administration for rolling back Trump-era policies such as the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) and reinstating “catch-and-release”.
Abbott has attempted to take matters into his own hands, and earlier this year announced a project to build a wall along the southern border of Texas, and has also launched Operation Lonestar – which calls for arresting visitors. This includes the deployment of law enforcement along the border. illegally.
“If they’re thinking about coming here in Texas and crossing this river, you can put handcuffs on your hands and go straight to prison instead of being released to the general population,” he said.