Fed-up Texas Gov. Abbott begins plan for arrests and jailing of illegals

The crisis on the nation’s southern border continues to get worse by the day and Democrats have made it clear that instead of tackling the surge in illegal immigrants head-on, they would rather grant mass amnesty, and one border state has finally had enough.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced his order for the arrest and jailing of illegal immigrants along the southern border, all the while the Biden administration is continuing its’ catch and release program.

“Our fellow Texans and our fellow Americans are being threatened every day. I’m talking to people in this region. Their lives and their properties and their families are being overrun,” Abbott said during a recent news conference with former President Donald Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The governor issued a state disaster declaration in response to the crisis on the border, but some counties have chosen to refuse the additional law enforcement offered by Abbott to help curb the crisis at a local level.

“We concluded we could not in good faith tell the people of our counties there is an emergency when there’s not an emergency,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez on refusing Abbott’s help.

The numbers, however, tell a different story. When hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants show up on the southern border in droves without any sort of federal response, states are left with an emergency on their hands.

The total number of migrants encountered in fiscal year 2021 reached more than one million after Customs and Border Protection recently reported more than 188,000 encounters in June alone. Since the fiscal year that began in October 2020, Customs and Border Patrol has recorded 597,000 apprehensions, with more than half being in the Rio Grande Valley. That is the highest number of apprehensions since 2019, which saw a record of 444,000, previously the most since the 90’s according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Abbott’s declaration should have come as a surprise to no one. The governor began laying the groundwork for these policy changes weeks ago and Texas took the necessary steps to make it possible to arrest border crossers according to the governor at a press conference in Del Rio.

These steps included the Texas Department of Criminal Justice clearing a 1,000-person prison for the response operation and making changes to operate the prison as a jail.

McAllen, Texas is another bottleneck that sees large numbers of illegal border crossers. In fact, they have experienced such an influx of migrants that some agents have become overwhelmed and release the illegal migrants that they apprehend. When this happens, the illegal aliens usually try to take a bus out of town.

There are so many migrants looking to submerge themselves somewhere in the United States despite their illegal status that the lead time for bus seats in the area is two days.

“We don’t have enough private bus seats to get everyone out,” City Manager Roy Rodriguez said.

States are doing what they can to tamp down on the rising crisis, but without backup from the federal government like Texas had during the Trump administration, it’s proving difficult.

Biden has continued to allow the crisis to rage on while facing little scrutiny for his lack of action. His border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, took a trip down to Mexico to “see” the border, but ended up miles away. Even she has yet to see the real crisis.

As long as the mainstream media continues to carry water for Team Biden, his administration will not face criticism for the failure despite the impact of illegal border activities on drug trade, sex trafficking, and the economy.

In fact, Biden continues to coax illegal migrants here with the promise of free college, free healthcare, and as of late, amnesty as requested in his budget reconciliation package.

Kay Apfel

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