Though it’s largely fallen out of headlines, the crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border hasn’t slowed in recent months, with Fox News reporting as recently as Friday that some 11,000 migrants, including many from Haiti, were camped under a bridge in Texas.
While Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has signaled a willingness to use his state’s resources to help stem the flood of border crossers, Abbott says the Biden administration is standing in the way.
The Washington Examiner reports that Abbott dispatched personnel from the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with National Guard troops to six points along the border.
Abbott said in a statement to the Examiner that the decision was made to “stop these caravans from overrunning our state” after a request for assistance came from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
However, the governor complained that the request was withdrawn shortly after it was issued, leaving the state powerless to take action.
Given that immigration is an area of federal law, Texas officials have no authority to independently arrest those caught illegally entering the country.
“The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling,” Abbott complained in his statement, according to the Examiner.
“Six hours after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested help from Texas to close ports of entry and secure the border, the Biden Administration has now flip-flopped to a different strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border,” he told the outlet.
“The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuations from Afghanistan,” Abbott added.
Building its own wall
The governor concluded by telling the Examiner that he has “directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings.”
In June, Abbott unveiled plans for Texas to build a border wall to complement existing barriers that were constructed under former President Donald Trump.
According to Fox News, Abbott has said that the wall will be constructed on a combination of state and privately owned land, with private donations helping to cover some of the costs.