On Monday, Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, put out a statement calling Old Uncle Joe to officially declared a federal state of emergency in regards to the crisis happening at the border and finally allow Texas access to a suite of federal resources that could be used to try and help slot the flood of illegal aliens spilling over the border.
Abbott submitted a five-page request to the Biden administration as the horrible immigration and humanitarian crisis centered in Del Rio, Texas continued on in its downward spiral. A few thousand illegal immigrants have reportedly flooded across the border and quite a few of them are being kept in a makeshift holding pen in the area under an overpass. Abbott himself has already taken steps to declare a state of emergency in his state in regards to the southern border crisis. As stated in his request, Abbott wrote in part:
Border security is a federal responsibility; however, in response to the current situation, I have taken the appropriate action under state law by directing the execution of the state’s emergency management plan and by declaring a state of disaster on May 31, 2021, for multiple Texas counties across the state’s southern border.
I submit this request due to the overwhelming surge of individuals unlawfully attempting to cross the Texas-Mexico border in Val Verde County. These illegal crossings are aided by a dam on federal property, and thus under the jurisdiction of the federal government, which allows individuals to easily traverse the Rio Grande River. The rush of migrants increased from approximately 4,000 individuals on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, to over 16,000 migrants on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The entrance of illegal immigrants shows no signs of slowing. This surge poses life-threatening risks to residents of Val Verde County and is quickly overrunning law enforcement and health care and humanitarian resources which were never intended to be used in this capacity. Even the limited federal resources in the area are strained by the large number of individuals illegally crossing into Texas.
Abbott went on to state that the large injection of illegal aliens from Mexico and other countries has led to insanely devastating ramifications for Texans.
“Texas residents’ property is being destroyed; crimes are occurring; humans, deadly drugs, and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state; law enforcement is having to redirect their resources; and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses. While Texans face the brunt of these negative impacts, it is common knowledge that border-related drugs, weapons, and crimes impact local jurisdictions across the United States,” stated Abbott.
He went on to detail the ever-worsening humanitarian issues in Del Rio as multiple thousands of illegal migrants are being held in a camp under an overpass with very little access to things such as food, water, and shelter.
“Families, including infants and children, need food, water, and medical supplies that the local government cannot supply. Thousands of families are immobilized in 100-degree heat as their numbers continue to swell as they wait to be processed by the approximately 64 federal agents in the area. Individuals are camping in squalid conditions and bathing in muddy river water, causing great health concerns,” stated Abbott.