His 500 soldiers are in addition to the 3,600 U.S. National Guard troops already deployed at the border under Trump, who remain active.
Abbot denounced the lack of attention from the federal government, which announced new immigration policies that produced the arrival of thousands of people with the aspiration of living the “American dream” in the United States.
“We will work to step up and try to fill the void that the federal government is leaving open by making sure that we deploy all resources, whether it’s the Department of Public Safety or the Texas National Guard, whatever we need to do,” Abbott said.
In addition to the National Guardsmen, the Texas Department of Public Safety added 1,200 state troopers.
“There is a crisis in Texas right now with the overwhelming number of people crossing the border,” Abbott told reporters.
“This crisis is the result of President Biden’s open border policies. It invites illegal immigration and is creating a humanitarian crisis in Texas right now that will get worse every day,” he added.
A crisis that Biden won’t admit to
Joe Biden’s Administration assures the public that “there is no immigration crisis on the southern border of the U.S.”, but recently there has been evidence that the immigration issue is getting out of control.
According to allegations by Governor Abbott, confirmed by White House sources, authorities in Texas released 100 undocumented migrants who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Governor accused Biden of “recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID in communities” in the state.
These allegations are compounded by the situation of unaccompanied migrant children. This Tuesday, March 9th, it was learned that more than 1,000 children have been detained for more than 72 hours due to lack of shelter and the overcrowding of infants.
A New York Times report revealed that the number of unaccompanied children at the border has increased to 3,250 in the last 15 days.
According to the newspaper, the minors are being held in a Customs and Border Protection agency facility that is actually intended to house adults.
The law specifies that the federal government is required to transfer unaccompanied minors within three days from border facilities to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services, yet that has not yet happened for 1,360 children.
Collateral effect: increase in drug trafficking
According to the Texas Governor, Mexican cartels are using migrant minors and women to keep border agents busy so they can smuggle drugs into the United States.
The Governor said he inspected the border on a helicopter trip and saw people crossing the Rio Grande into the United States, and anticipated a humanitarian crisis.
He added that so far this year the number of apprehensions in 2021 has already surpassed the number of apprehensions in 2020. So far in 2021 there are already 108,000 detainees.
The statements by the highest authorities in Texas are consistent with the analysis of Global Security specialist Joseph Humire, who had previously said in an interview for El American that “there are forces from South and Central America that could take advantage of the situation to destabilize our border.”