On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott shut down six pots of entry along the state’s southern border with Mexico as illegal immigration levels continue to be at 20-year highs.
“The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state,” Abbott said in a statement Thursday.
Abbott said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had asked Texas to close the ports of entry to help regain control over the border.
“Six hours after 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,” Abbott said in a statement. “The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan. I have 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.”
Abbott’s announcement came after to drone footage from Fox News showed that the number of migrants waiting for processing at an entry point in Del Rio, Texas, had doubled overnight from 4,200 to 8,000 people.
NEW: Another stunning image from our @FoxNews drone team showing the situation at the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, where a law enforcement source tells me there are more than 8,000 migrants waiting to be processed by Border Patrol after crossing illegally into the U.S. pic.twitter.com/opey70NBNt
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 16, 2021
Illegal immigration levels broke a 20-year record in March and continued to rise every following month until peaking in July at 212,672 border encounters – the first-time encounters rose above 200,000 in 21 years. August was the second consecutive month with over 200,000 encounters, with agents encountering 208,887 migrants.
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