Ken Paxton

Monday, June 23, 2014

Attorney General Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz Tour Texas Facility Serving as Shelter for Immigrant Minors Caught at the Border, Assess Impact to the State

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to San Antonio, where he and Texas Senator Ted Cruz toured a facility currently housing hundreds of immigrants who illegally crossed into Texas. After touring the temporary emergency shelter, Attorney General Abbott issued the following statement:

“We are dealing with a heartbreaking humanitarian nightmare here in Texas, but it is clearly a man-made crisis. The Obama Administration’s inconsistent policies and failure to enforce the rule of law have created this crisis at the border. President Obama’s failure to secure the border has empowered transnational gangs and cartel to smuggle people into our state from around the world – including members of deadly gangs like MS13. Inaction by the federal government has left Texas with no other choice but to activate the immediate deployment of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Even though the federal government is not fulfilling its responsibility, the State of Texas will continue its operations while pushing for the feds to foot the bill. We will continue to push for the federal government to live up to its responsibility and fully fund the surge and resources deployed along the Texas border.”

video screen cap of greg abbott and ted cruz

The tour was conducted a week and a half after Attorney General Abbott asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to authorize immediate federal funding to help the Texas Department of Public Safety staunch the cartel-driven border security problem. In addition to requesting funds for the Department of Public Safety, Attorney General Abbott urged the Department of Homeland Security to step up its efforts to prevent the illegal crossings before they occur.

Just last week, Abbott applauded the decision by Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus to authorize additional state resources for Department of Public Safety border operations.