Just a few days after Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with the media and stated that he would be taking the border crisis into his own hands and do what President Joe Biden won’t do to bring law and order back to the area, he is hosting a border summit where he will announce his plan of action.
A tweet posted on Thursday said, “Texas has done more than ANY STATE has ever done to protect the border. But, more is needed. Tonight, I’ll announce additional action Texas is taking to secure the border and keep Texans safe.”
Texas has done more than ANY STATE has ever done to protect the border.
But, more is needed.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 10, 2021
The summit is set to begin at 6 pm on Thursday in the city of Del Rio, Texas, which is a border town that is located just west of San Antonio.
“Operation Lonestar is doing everything they can to keep our community safe,” Abbott goes on to say in a video that’s attached to his tweet. “But this problem is not going to be fixed until Biden administration does its job to secure our border and to get this crisis under control.”
The summit will discuss “collaborative strategies between state government, local city and county officials, law enforcement, and landowners to secure our border communities and ensure a safer future for all Texans,” according to a Gov. Abbott press release.
Speakers at the Del Rio Civic Center will include Abbott, Texas Division of Emergency Manager Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Military Department Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw.
Abbott told Newsmax he intends “to set up and do the federal government’s job” to address the border migration crisis for his state, and added to Fox News’ “Hannity” he would like to arrest “everybody coming across the border.”
The Texas governor has already gone on to make a disaster declaration in 34 Texas border counties as the crisis has going unchecked along the southern border.
Immigration advocates have slammed Abbott’s course of action, referring to it as a “transparent attempt to distract from his failed leadership.”
“They’re completely ignoring the crisis on the border, and because of that, as governor, I am having to step up and do the federal government’s job,” Abbott said during an interview with the “Greg Kelly Reports” program on Wednesday.
“We are going to instill safety. We’re going to be doing things in Texas that no state has ever done before when it comes to cracking down on anybody coming across the border. We’re going to step up and secure the border even more than we already are,” he said, adding, “Biden’s border policy is deadly dangerous across the country, and they are ignoring that danger.”