Gov. Abbott Orders Texas National Guard to Begin Arresting Illegal Border Crossers
Governor says border situation is an 'imminent threat of disaster'
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued firm orders to the Texas National Guard to arrest any immigrants crossing the state’s southern border illegally.
In a letter to Major General Tracy R. Norris, Adjutant General of the Texas National Guard, Abbott ordered the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in arresting the illegal immigrants.
“Beginning on May 31, 2021, I have issued multiple proclamations certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border poses an ongoing and imminent threat of disaster for certain counties and agencies in the State of Texas.
“To respond to this disaster and secure the rule of law at our Southern border, more manpower is needed — in addition to the troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and soldiers from the Texas National Guard I have already deployed there — and DPS needs help in arresting those who are violating state law.”
“By virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, I hereby order that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in enforcing Texas law by arresting lawbreakers at the border,” he ordered.
As Democrat Joe Biden struggles to stem the flood of illegal immigrants, Abbott has taken the initiative of severely cracking down on illegal immigration.
The Biden administration released around 50,000 illegal immigrants into the interior of the U.S. and did not schedule a time for their asylum claims to be heard in court.
Neon Nettle reported that a 21-point plan was released by the Biden administration aiming to process asylum claims rapidly and allow them to circumvent immigration courts.
According to NBC News, the plans will give asylum officers the authority to rule on asylum claims.
Families seeking asylum will be granted taxpayer-funded legal counsel if Joe Biden's $15 million budget request is approved by Congress.
Amid the reports, July looks to be another record-breaking month for illegals flooding the southern border.
June saw the largest number of apprehension of illegal immigrants at the United States southern border in years.
There are upwards of 20,000 apprehensions per week in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported.
For 2021, total apprehensions at the border are expected to reach one million by the end of this month.
In June, Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey requested aid from other states in securing the southern border.
Republican states like South Dakota and Florida responded by sending National Guard soldiers to aid border enforcement.
“Securing our border with Mexico is the federal government’s responsibility. But the Biden administration has proven unwilling or unable to do the job,” the governors wrote in a June 10 letter.
“This failure to enforce federal immigration laws causes banns that spill over into every State.”