Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to President Joe Biden today requesting a declaration of emergency for the state of Texas in the wake of the escalating crisis on the Texas-Mexico border, particularly due to the dire situation in Val Verde County. The letter states that the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws, particularly stopping illegal crossings on a dam on federal property that is under the sole jurisdiction of the federal government, puts significant strain on local and state resources. as well as federal funds.
“Border security is a federal responsibility; however, in response to the current situation, I have taken appropriate action under state law by leading the execution of the state’s emergency management plan and declaring a state of disaster on May 31, 2021 for several Texas counties across the country Southern border of the state “, it says in the letter. “This surge poses life-threatening risks to the residents of Val Verde County and is quickly overwhelming law enforcement, healthcare and humanitarian resources that were never intended for this role. Even the limited federal resources in the region are strained. “
by the large number of people entering Texas illegally. I have found that the disaster caused by illegally crossing the Texas-Mexico border is so severe that additional federal aid is needed to reduce the risk of disaster, save lives and property, public health and safety to protect.
Read the governor’s letter.
Governor Abbott made financing border security a priority for the first and second special sessions of the legislature. The governor launched Operation Lone Star in early March to secure the border and fight people and drug smuggling in Texas. There are currently thousands of state personnel, including DPS soldiers, agents and rangers, and National Guard soldiers involved in the mission and working with local law enforcement agencies. Shortly after its launch, the governor expanded the mission to include anti-trafficking measures. Governor Abbott’s plan to secure the border includes building a border wall in addition to the use of strategic fences and other barriers. A project manager for the initial phase of building the wall was announced on September 16. On Friday, Governor signed HB 9, which provided US $ 1.8 billion for the Texas border security efforts. Among other things, the funding will provide more National Guard and additional resources to better secure the border.