For most of 2021, Texas and the Joe Biden administration have been at odds. With Biden’s increasingly lax border policy, Texas and other southern states saw an immediate migrant surge.
And the numbers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicate the crisis has only worsened in recent months. A massive surge of Haitian travelers is only the latest incident.
Now, Texas is standing up for its border patrol officers — even as Biden threatens them with dismissal.
In order to restore order, border authorities had to scramble to deal with the gigantic influx of Haitan foreign travelers at the international Del Rio bridge.
This resulted in multiple problems and altercations, including an alleged incident of officers on horseback “whipping” some of the migrants. This quickly made the rounds among outraged Democrats.
However, since then, the claim has been mostly debunked.
Republicans and DHS representatives said the pictures were largely misleading and even false, saying that the agents weren’t “whipping” anyone. And they’d used horses for many years.
Gov. Abbott clarified the situation to “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace (via The Daily Wire):
…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.
This isn’t stopping the Biden administration, though.
They’ve said agents might lose their jobs due to the alleged infraction, and that hasn’t gone over well with Border Patrol. Gov. Abbott doesn’t take kindly to the threat, either.
In fact, he said that if the agents were dismissed, the state of Texas would hire them right back:
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.
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.
I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.
Abbott on Biden’s investigation into Border Patrol agents: “I want them to know something. If they are risk of losing their job by a president who is abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in the state of Texas. I will hire you to help Texas secure our border.” pic.twitter.com/gzVtv5iKgt
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 26, 2021
The Texas leader added that President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas were “in dereliction of duty” for their “open border policies.”
Texas and other southern states have railed against the Biden administration’s policies since January, and the country has seen skyrocketing encounter numbers at the southern border.
But despite constant calls for help from state leaders, the Biden administration has seemed reluctant to react.
Gov. Abbott added that Texas has to pick up the slack, too:
…it’s the kind of thing that Texas is going to have to continue to do in addition to the other policies that you did not announce and that is, as opposed to catch and release…
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.
The Governor finished by saying he wasn’t overstepping his authority, simply because the “Biden administration is refusing to do its duty to enforce the laws of the United States.”
That has been a common complaint among many Republicans and southern state officials: that we have laws in place, but they’re simply not being enforced.
And to millions of Americans, it feels like Democrats don’t want any immigration or citizenship law at all.
Even as the crisis evidently spun out of control, and encounter and arrest numbers have continued to rise, nothing has really changed. It’s almost as if Biden’s team wants to pretend the problem doesn’t exist.
At the same time, leaders like Gov. Abbott are begging for help — and when they don’t get it, they’re forced to take matters into their own hands.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would hire back any border agents who the Biden admin fired.
- Abbott says any claims about “whipping” migrants on horseback are false.
- The Governor adds that he’s forced to take certain measures, because the Biden administration “refuses to enforce the laws of the United States.”
Source: The Daily Wire