Governors Abbott and DeSantis meet at Texas border, blame Biden and Dems for influx of migrants | KAMR
DEL RIO, Texas (Nexstar) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott held his final border security briefing on Saturday afternoon – this time joined by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The two hosted state and local officials at Del Rio International Airport in Del Rio, Texas. Abbott recently called for immediate federal help to deal with the influx of migrants at the border. DeSantis deployed law enforcement from Florida to Texas in response. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Florida sent 58 people along with a plane and five boats to shallow water.
Abbott claimed that between April 2020 and April 2021, there was a 1,000% increase in the number of migrants at the border and an 800% increase in border traffic from May 2020 to May of this year. Additionally, Abbott said it was a new All the time record for people apprehended at the border.
Since the start of this year, Abbott has echoed sentiments accusing the Biden administration of the surge. Saturday was no different.
“Why is this happening? This is happening because of the massive policy change by the Biden administration,” Abbott said. “Where the Trump administration had policies in place that have been work and led to a dramatic decrease in the number of people crossing the border. These policies were abandoned and in their place, the Biden administration imposed policies of open borders…. “
According to Abbott, since the state’s Operation Lone Star began, around 50,000 “illegal” migrants have been apprehended. Abbott also said it detained around 2,000 “criminal aliens” (the term “alien” is no longer used by US immigration agencies) and disrupted around 40 hideouts.
During the event, DeSantis explained that his presence was also due to migration across the Texas border and into Florida. He said after speaking to border sheriffs and volunteers, 95% of methamphetamine entering Florida goes through Texas. Additionally, DeSantis said that 70% of traffickers who were banned by authorities said Florida was their “ultimate destination.”
“This [drug trafficking] has a direct impact on the people of Florida and the country, ”DeSantis said.
Abbott and DeSantis both urged the federal government to intervene more actively, with the governor of Florida saying he wanted the previous policies of the Trump administration restored.
“This is a situation in which all states must be part of the escalation process because the best place to ban this criminal activity is not in Florida, it is not in Iowa, it is is here at the border, ”Abbott said.
Abbott also singled out the state’s Democrats, who left the Texas Capitol this week and traveled to Washington, DC to block the GOP-backed election bill. Abbott said funding for border security cannot yet be secured due to the exodus.
“The Democrats have fled the state and they have broken the quorum,” he said. “Democrats are preventing us from providing the necessary funding at the local level. They must come back, get back to work and do their jobs by providing local counties with the funding they need to respond to record change. “
Abbott has recently been criticized for his statements at the border, where some believe its bark lacks bite. State Representative Alex Dominguez D-Brownsville said in an interview on Saturday that he felt Abbott was trying to distract from the mistakes of the executive branch of state government.
“Lately it’s certainly been fashionable among some Republican governors to say, ‘well, we’re going to send troops and the National Guard to the southern border to help,’ and I’m not quite sure what their plan is.” Dominguez, who was one of the Democrats to break the quorum and flee to Capitol Hill, said.
“I think this is definitely another tactic in his arsenal to distract from the mistakes, failures and shortcomings of his leadership,” said Dominguez. “What we should be focusing on is strengthening this energy network, ensuring a secure economic future for Texans.”
Responding to criticism of misplaced priorities, Abbott told Nexstar’s Wes Rapaport that the lives of people living along the border are being disrupted.
“Whether it’s seeing their yards or fences cut, their cattle and cattle released, their homes invaded, it could be people wielding guns. face, ”Abbott said. “If the people of Houston and Dallas were to face the same challenges, they would demand an answer exactly like the one we are answering here,” Abbott said.
According to Abbott, five other states are helping Texas with its border efforts, including Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Arkansas and Ohio.