Gov. Greg Abbott Calls Out Feds for Border Failure


DEL RIO, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott's statements Thursday during a border summit in Del Rio make clear that Texas is alone in its fight against Mexican Cartels, smuggling, and crime, but will not back down. Check out reactions from the audience after the event here

The Border Crisis has reached levels never before seen with Texas taking the brunt of the damages. Abbott called the summit in Del Rio to ensure Texans everywhere that he is not laying down, that he is pursing every possible option to get the matter under control. By sitting down with the leaders of the the DPS, the Texas National Guard, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Abbott wished to show cooperation and resolve and unveil his new plan of action before the hundreds packed into the conventional hall opposite the Del Rio police station and judging by the applause he received from the crowd, they were not disappointed. 

Abbott began the meeting by firing off against Federal leadership, specifically President Joe Bidden and his Border Patrol. “President Biden’s open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas,” said Abbott.

The Governor suggested that the President has intentionally held back Texas’ ability to defend its own borders by calling for the Border Patrol to take charge of illegals apprehended by DPS and local law enforcement and then release those same illegals back onto the streets. Abbot maintains that the Federal Government has been the problem throughout the this crisis and that Texas “must show [immigrants] this is not the red carpet the Federal administration set out for them.” Most cuttingly Abbott declared “My calls for the Federal Government to do its job and secure the border have gone unanswered.”

The number of illegal aliens that have made there way across the border this year announced by Abbott are staggering: 29,000 illegals apprehended last April as opposed to 196,000 this April; 39,000 last May to 197,000 this May; observe the CBP graph below keeping in mind that there are still months remaining in the 2021 fiscal year

CBP graph

With the Governer in Del Rio was Colonel Steven McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety to speak on his experience with Operation Lonestar, a joint initiative between the DPS and the Texas National Guard enacted by the Governor in March of this year. The operation represent the first major step taken by the Governor to take border control matters into the hands of the state in response to “Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” per the March 1st press release which announced the new program. The operation “deploys air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas.” More than two months into the operation Col. McCraw shared his findings: the Mexican cartels are cementing their position along smuggling routes he says, they are recruiting American kids with promises of wealth via social media to be lookouts for police and aid in slowing down their pursuit.

McCraw shared footage of these type of posts from Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook and showed the audience what these recruits are doing to aid smuggling along the border in a dash cam footage from a DPS pursuit last week. The children, hiding behind trees and bushes, spring into action throwing lumber and metal along the road in front of the pursuing officers after the smugglers pass. Meanwhile more are hidden up the road closing and locking gates before the DPS can pass through forcing the officers out of their cars to remove the obstructions before continuing.

The smuggling vehicle, now out of sight, moves to make their “drop” of drugs before driving the car directly onto a homemade raft and floating back across the Rio Grande leaving the DPS with no recourse.

The Colonel also showed images of drug and weapon seizures the group of roughly 1,000 DPS agents dispatched by Operation Lonestar have made, these include machine guns, 50 caliber rifles, and enough of the opioid Fentynal to kill millions of Americans. Col. McCraw is happy Operation Lonestar has been able to make a difference but as Governor Abbott interjects “long term only Congress can secure our border, in the meantime we do what we can.”

The Governor announced major steps he will be taking to get the crisis under control moving forward. First, new and intense focus on arresting illegals and prosecuting them on state crimes such as trespassing, endangerment, smuggling, and theft to the fullest extent of the law. Abbott wants to de-incentivise border crossings by long stays in state jails rather than immediate deportation.

Second, the Governor announces he will be dedicating one billion dollars in state funds to the border in the new budget which he plans to finalize and sign in the coming days.

Third, Abbott is forming the Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security with will include representatives from several pertinent state agencies, including DPS, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Military Department, to “ramp up coordination from state government and local communities. The task force will be meeting bi-weekly to discuss developments along the border and coordinate their response.

Fourth, the Governor announced he is committed to building a border wall across Texas with or without the Federal Government. He says the plan is currently being developed and he will announce said plan next week.

Fifth, the Governor declared that the State of Texas and the State of Arizona will invoke the Emergency Management Assistance Compact in which Governor Abbot and Arizona Governor Ducey request law enforcement officials and resources to assist in making arrests and jailing.

And Finally, expressing sympathy and concern for all those living along the border who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the surge in illegal immigration, the Governor has created resources in with which these people can upload images of their losses and the state will fight for compensation from the federal government on their behalf. 

Governor Abbott showcased renewed resolve in fighting the border crisis with his long list of initiatives. He made clear that Texas can no longer wait on the Federal Administration to solve these problem and so decisive action must be taken at the state level. The Governor is willing to dedicate massive resources and personnel to the border while also taking steps to construct a wall barrier to aid with such issues moving forward. “A change is needed” was repeated by the Governor many times during the summit with banging fists. “This is an unprecedented crisis, and Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.” 

Check out reactions from the audience after the event here

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CGM5, Sat, 06/12/2021 - 19:43

So ME SOMETHING, explain to us again how this has nothing to do with biden and it was actually already going on under President Trump.

ME Someone, Sun, 06/13/2021 - 18:01

"Yes you are absolutely correct. It did start under the last couple of months of Trump but, it was because of biden and his promises of amnesty, stopping border wall construction, and allowing all immigrants to come into the US instead of waiting in Mexico, increasing visas, and other things. Go ahead deny that! Covid caused it, my ass. Try some damn truth." -CGM5

Stopping the border wall, remain in mexico , and other executive orders have no relevance because Biden was not president yet, trump still was.

Really sounds like trump policies did nothing since this surge started under trump and Biden had not given any executive orders yet (he was not president) and trumps were still in place. How could trump's policies be effective if the surge started under his leadership with his policies in place?

Guess I was wrong about he left running out of lame excuses ;)

Trump’s policies, which according statistics were very effective, were not “in place” until 2020. 

That’s a 400% month to month increase over last year! Pretty quiet guessing the Left has run out of lame excuses ;)

ME Someone, Sun, 06/13/2021 - 18:03

Compare it to 2019 when COVID had not hit yet.

ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 00:28

So they were higher in the 90's? So this is something we have seen before huh? I thought it was the highest ever?

I’ve been over this several times. Yes there was a “surge” of illegal immigrants under Trump…that’s why he put common sense policies in place which were effective!

The first thing Biden did was put a stop to those common sense policies…that is after TELLING illegal immigrants to come and promising them free stuff ;)

Didn’t come because of covid coming because of covid make up your mind ;)

ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 00:24

You are just not understanding. It slowed down because of covid in 2020, now all of the people that waited until covid died down are coming over, thus the higher numbers. It's not that hard, just read it a couple of times and it may start to sink in.

I have no doubt the “highest ever” numbers of illegal immigrant by the end of the fiscal year, but we’ll see right?

Right now all we have is month to month comparisons…but not at all looking good for Biden ;)

You won alright…the award for the most brainwashed liberal ideologue commenting here congratulations lol.

ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 09:36

If you need help getting over trump's substantial and devastating loss, I'm sure there are plenty of grief counselors that would be willing to help someone in such distress as you ;)

Trump would never pass on an opportunity for a joint press conference with Putin for fear that he would own him I’ll tell you that!

Biden is a senile nincompoop and his handlers know it. Why do you think he always says his staff is going to be mad at him for answering unscripted questions from reporters not on his list?


ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 09:57

It's ok, we know you are hurting from your saviors loss, get it all out, it will make you feel better ;)

I’m over it. You’re the one who keeps blaming Trump for the obvious incompetence by the Biden administration which resulted in the current CRISIS at the border ;)

ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 11:46

It's ok, we all know how devastating the loss was to you and your people, we understand your frustrations, let it all out ;)

Which opinions are those you mean my personal opinion of you…which btw thanks for confirming with your comment ;)

Now go ahead and say something like you said before when the two policemen got killed you ignorant POS

ME Someone, Mon, 06/14/2021 - 22:54

Name calling huh? Wow, I did not know I had that kind of effect on you, I'll call that another win. Two wins in one comment chain for ME, yay ;)

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