Texas Gov. Abbott Demands Biden Restores Trump’s 'Effective' Immigration Policies
Trump's policies only way to tackle crisis
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on Joe Biden to restore Donald Trump's immigration policies which were axed after Biden took office.
Abbott said restoring Trump's policies would be the most effective way to tackle the crisis at the U.S. southern border.
On Sunday, Abbott told Fox News:
“This problem will continue to get worse because of the policies that have been adopted by the Biden administration."
“What the president could do is to immediately put back in place the ‘Remain in Mexico’ protocols that were established in the prior administration.
"He could continue to build the wall along the border in South Texas.
"He could send a stronger message that these people should not be coming here,” he added.
Biden was swift to overturn several Trump-era immigration policies, which stemmed the flow of illegal border crossings.
Biden removed Trump's “Remain in Mexico,” which effectively ended the problematic “catch and release” protocol which reduced the number of illegal immigrants arriving at the southern border in 2019.
But the Biden administration was quick to return to the Obama-era policies, releasing unaccompanied minors into the country.
Biden’s act has given the green light to prospective migrants and human traffickers.
“That is one of the reasons why there are so many people coming here," Abbott said.
"If you go back to the Democratic presidential debates, every single one of the Democrat candidates said, if they are elected, they will have open borders, and they will be giving things for free to anybody coming across the border,” Abbott added.
“This is exactly why we’re seeing the flood, and the Biden administration was simply unprepared to deal with the massive inflow that are coming in, which is why they have so haphazardly responded to it, and that’s why we’ve seen the dire consequences.”
But Biden has since attempted to shift the blame on the previous administration.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed Trump had “dismantled the orderly, humane, and efficient way of allowing children to make their claims under United States law in their own country.”
Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller claimed the recent increase “is not new.”
“Encounters have continued to increase since April 2020, and our past experiences have helped us be better prepared for the challenges we face this year,” he said.
But Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said the numbers of illegal border crossings are “the biggest surge that we’ve ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol.”
“This surge is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” he said.
Since March, over 172,000 illegal immigrants were encountered by CBP agents, according to statistics released on April 8.
The figure is up from just over 101,000 individuals encountered in February.
18,800 unaccompanied minors crossed illegally into the United States last month, double the amount those who illegally arrived in the United States in February at over 9,300 encounters.
Meanwhile, Biden's administration is looking into plans to send taxpayer-funded payouts to potential migrants to stop them from traveling north to the United States.
The possible cash transfer program would be targeted at people in the Northern Triangle region of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, Roberta Jacobson, the White House’s southern border coordinator, told Reuters in an interview, without saying who exactly would receive the cash.