This month, Americans were again reminded of the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border crisis images emerged showing thousands of illegal Haitian migrants camped under a bridge in Rio, Texas, in horrific conditions of absolute squalor.
At issue now are the futures of the heroic men and women of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In response to Biden’s recent attack on several CBP agents, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that if they’re fired, he’ll hire them to defend the border under Texas’ watch, The Daily Wire reports.
The outlet reported that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the claim during an interview Sunday morning with Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“Dereliction of duty”
Abbott alleged that Biden and his officials had committed “dereliction of duty” by having “abandoned any pretense of securing the sovereignty of either Texas or the United States by having these open border policies.”
The governor said that as a result, “Texas has imposed a policy where we are going to arrest and jail people who come in across the border for trespassing into areas into the state of Texas.”
Last week, Fox News reported that Texas’ Department of Public Safety is taking those who trespass on private property near the southern U.S. border into custody.
According to Abbott, such moves are necessary “because the Biden administration is refusing to do its duty to enforce the laws of the United States.”
The governor complained that officials in his state have been left with no option “other than for us to step up and do what we have to do.” Abbott went on to address the now-debunked claim that horse-mounted Border Patrol agents were “whipping” Haitian migrants — a false claim that has put the careers of CBP agents at great risk under the Biden administration.
Abbott has their back
“First, they wouldn’t have been in that situation had the Biden administration enforced the immigration laws and secured the border in the first place,” Abbott stated of the controversial situation.
“Second, as you know, Chris, the person who took those pictures said that the characterization that the Democrats have made about the Border Patrol using them as whips, whipping people, coming across the border is false. They were simply maneuvering horses,” Abbott said.
The Republican governor added: “But the last thing I will tell you is what the President said going after the Border Patrol, who were risking their lives and working so hard to try to secure the border, if he takes any action against them whatsoever, I have worked side by side with those Border Patrol agents,” Abbott continued.
“I want them to know something, if they are at risk of losing their job, got a president who is abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in the state of Texas,” Abbott promised. “I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.”