Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday slammed President Biden’s response to the surge of unaccompanied migrant kids on the US border, calling for the administration to revive former President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies.
“This downside will proceed to worsen due to the insurance policies which were adopted by the Biden administration,” Abbott mentioned on “Fox News Sunday.”
“What the president might do is to right away put again in place the ‘stay in Mexico’ protocols that have been established within the prior administration. He might proceed to construct the wall alongside the border in South Texas. He might ship a stronger message that these individuals shouldn’t be coming right here,” Abbott mentioned.
Biden rolled back a number of Trump’s policies when he entered the White Home in January, together with the “stay in Mexico” program that forces migrants to attend of their dwelling nations whereas their asylum circumstances play out within the courts.
Regardless of Biden administration officers cautioning migrants in Mexico and Central America to not make the dangerous trek to the US border, Abbott claimed Democratic presidential candidates campaigned on opening the border.
“Bear in mind this, and that is without doubt one of the the explanation why there are so my individuals coming right here, is in case you return to the Democrat presidential debates, each single one of many Democrat candidates mentioned in the event that they are elected, they are going to have open borders and they are going to be giving issues without spending a dime to anyone coming throughout the board,” the Republican governor mentioned.
He mentioned Biden is making good on that vow.
“That is precisely why we’re seeing the flood, and the Biden administration was merely unprepared … which is why they’ve so haphazardly responded to it,” Abbott mentioned.
“And that’s why we’ve seen the dire penalties for these children, for the adults, and particularly for the state of Texas, and it’ll solely worsen,” he mentioned.
Numbers launched by US Customs and Border Protection final week present that Border Patrol officers encountered greater than 172,000 individuals making an attempt to enter the US illegally in March — a 71 p.c improve over February.
The federal company additionally mentioned brokers encountered 18,890 unaccompanied kids from Central America, doubling February’s variety of 9,297 minors.