The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott (R), says he’s ready to start arresting illegal aliens since the Biden administration isn’t taking action to solve the border crisis.
Appearing on the Sean Hannity show Wednesday, Abbott touted a new disaster declaration issued in 34 counties that allows the state to send more resources to the border and start arrests.
“We’re about to change the way Texas addresses the challenges on the border and we’re going to start by helping these 34 counties respond by increasing arrests,” Abbott told Hannity.
“Normally disaster declarations are for things like hurricanes,” Abbott said explaining the unprecedented step. “I don’t think this has ever happened before where a disaster declaration was made for border counties because of the influx of people coming across the border.
According to Abbott, the arrests could carry the possibility of jail time due to penalties for the offense of aggravated trespassing.
“The law that I’m going to use will be legal in which Texas is going to start arresting everybody coming across the border,” Abbott said.
“Not just arresting them, but because this is not going to be aggravated trespass, they are going to be spending half a year in jail, if not a year in jail, as well as other actions that I will be announcing next week.”
Statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies show immigrants appear to have been emboldened to illegally enter the US following Trump’s ouster.
— Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) March 25, 2021
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has essentially signaled a “welcome sign” to illegals, going as far as to find more taxpayer-funded housing to accommodate the influx.
Abbott’s disaster declaration issued Tuesday comes as the governor also announced Texas will no longer issue state licenses to facilities that help house unlawful immigrants.
“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said.
“Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done.”
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