Friday, June 27, 2014
WESLACO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to Hidalgo County, where he participated in a border security briefing with U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers and toured a facility that immigrants who illegally crossed into Texas are being housed.
After meeting with U.S. Border Patrol officers, Attorney General Abbott visited the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Command Post in Weslaco and met with DPS Senior Command officers in the Emergency Operations Center to discuss DPS’s border surge operations. Attorney General Abbott issued the following statement after his briefings with federal and state law enforcement officials:
“The federal government bears the exclusive responsibility to secure the border – but the feds have failed to live up to it. President Obama’s inconsistent policies and failure to enforce the rule of law have created a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis at the border. Texas will not sit and watch as this crisis consumes our border communities and beyond. The State of Texas will continue its border security operations while pushing for the federal government to fully fund the surge and resources deployed along the Texas-Mexico border.
“I’m both impressed and proud of DPS law enforcement officials in South Texas working tirelessly to secure the Texas-Mexico border and address this man-made crisis. While the Obama Administration enables transnational gangs and cartels to smuggle people into our state from around the world – including members of deadly gangs like MS-13, the Texas Attorney General’s Office remains committed to working with DPS and local law enforcement officials to keep Texans safe.”
On June 18, Texas leaders authorized DPS to spend $1.3 million a week to help stop the unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants crossing into Texas. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has yet to respond to Attorney General Abbott’s June 12 request for immediate federal funding to help the Texas Department of Public Safety staunch the cartel-driven border security problem.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Abbott witnessed the consequences of the border security crisis during a tour of the Lackland Air Force Base facility that is housing hundreds of immigrants who illegally crossed into Texas. After touring the temporary emergency shelter with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Attorney General Abbott reiterated his request that the federal government live up to its responsibility to secure the Texas-Mexico border and stop the influx of illegal immigrants.