Texas Gov: Border Officials Warn Biden Is 'Empowering Drug Cartels'
Greg Abbott says Border Patrol is warning situation is 'going to get far worse'
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a warning to the American people that Joe Biden's radical border policies are "empowering drug cartels."
The governor says Border Patrol officials have warned him that cross-border crime is "going to get far worse" under the Biden administration.
Speaking during an appearance on Fox News, Abbott said Biden’s policies are fueling Mexico’s notoriously violent drug cartels while causing a worsening humanitarian crisis on the border.
“I went down to the border this past weekend, and I met with Border Patrol officers. And here’s what they told me,” Abbott told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo.
“The Border Patrol officers themselves told me that they informed the Biden administration that, because of the policy changes, it was going to lead to this massive surge that we are just now beginning to see, knowing that it’s going to be getting far worse in the coming months.”
“They also said that the reason for the change, the reason for the increase and the influx is because of the policy change by the Biden administration,” Abbott said.
"More importantly, though is … Border Patrol officers told me that the Biden administration policies, they are enriching and they are empowering the drug cartels in Mexico, who make money off of the people that they assist in smuggling them into the state of Texas,” Governor Abbott continued.
"The cartels make money off of these migrants that you and your viewers see on TV.
"They also told me about the escalating numbers of the people coming across the border,” he added.
"In the Rio Grande Valley sector alone, all of last year, they made 90,000 apprehensions.
"Already this year, in the first two-and-a-half months of this year, they have made about 110,000 apprehensions.
"Including in those apprehensions are 800 criminal aliens, criminal aliens who have previously been arrested and exported from the United States, 78 sex offenders, and 62 gang members, which include MS-13 gangs.”
Meanhwile, reports are emergung of children being held in inhuman conditions by the federal government in migrant detention facilities.
However, Joe Biden's administration still refuses to acknowledge the spiraling crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
While an influx of unaccompanied minors continues along the southern border, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding facility in Donna, Texas, was at 729% pandemic-era capacity at the beginning of March.
"Some of the boys said that conditions were so overcrowded that they had to take turns sleeping on the floor," Neha Desai, an attorney representing migrant youth in federal government custody, told CBS News.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, the Donna migrant facility is designed for 250 migrants for pandemic-era capacity but was holding more than 1,800 people on March 2.
According to Desai, aside from being forced to take turns in sleeping on the floor, kids are going days without showers or even sunlight in the overcrowded facility.