According to Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Lone Star State is all set to take border crisis currently unfolding along the southern border into its own hands, issuing a disaster declaration because he believes “the Biden administration has abandoned it.”
“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 appearance on 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 added.
Abbot went on to tell Kelly that he has already deployed 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety officers, along with members of the National Guard to help deal with the situation.
“We’re going to ratchet up our efforts along the border to make sure we help secure our state and our country,” the Texas governor vowed.
He then added that he thinks U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “seems to be living in a different universe.”
“He says the border is secure,” Abbott went on to explain. “It would be outrageous, but it sounds bizarre and crazy, because they literally have no idea. And I can’t tell if they’re just trying to disinform the public or they really don’t know. But they have no idea [of] the magnitude of what’s going on at the border.”
The governor then noted that neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris has come to the border for a visit, going on to say that even Mayorkas only “flown by.”
“There’s a problem at our border that’s killing people across the country, and that’s the amount of fentanyl that the cartels are coming across the border with, just this year alone, the first four months of this year,” Abbott said, drawing attention to human trafficking being done by Mexican drug cartels along with drug trafficking. “There’s enough fentanyl at the border, apprehended by the Department of Public Safety, to kill every man, woman and child in the entire state of New York.”
“Biden’s border policy is deadly dangerous across the country, and they are ignoring that danger,” Gov. Abbott then added.
Abbott also denounced counties in Texas “trying to create their own election laws” in the last presidential election, making election integrity reform much needed in his state.
“That’s exactly why we’re passing the election integrity reforms that we are — to rein in counties that are not going with the law passed by the state legislature, which is the mandate in the United States Constitution,” Abbott said, echoing the objections of the Trump campaign and Republicans that mainstream media has adopted the Democrats’ political talking point by claiming it is an “attack on democracy,” as Biden asserted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday.
Abbott also noted he signed a bill to “defund cities that defund the police,” as Democrats have called for in the name of social justice.
“For this to happen in Texas? It did happen in Austin, so I signed a bill to defund Austin,” he said to Kelly. “Here’s the deal: People shouldn’t be taxed in a city, and pay revenue to a city, that will not provide police for them.”
Abbott explained that the legislation would eliminate a city’s ability to raise property taxes, sales taxes or fees.
“This is going to bankrupt the city of Austin,” Abbott stated. “They need to be looking for a bankruptcy lawyer real quick, because their decision to defund the police will be catastrophic for their city and their bank account.”
Isn’t it sad that the one area where the federal government should actively be involved, the defense of our borders, they are allowing liberal ideology to prevent them from protecting the people and cities they are supposed to defend?