The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, handed a scathing letter to President Biden on Sunday as Biden arrived in the state for his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since entering office.
Abbott wrote in his letter that the President’s visit was two years and $20 billion too late. He also pointed out that Biden is avoiding the thousands of angry Texas landowners whose livelihoods have been devastated by his border policies, as well as locations where mass illegal immigration occurs, on his tour.
Abbott claimed that the migrant camps that had taken over downtown El Paso had been cleaned up for Biden’s visit, claiming that the administration of President Joe Biden was trying to protect him from the chaos that Texans face on a daily basis because the administration failed to enforce federal immigration laws.
Abbott said that illegal immigration was at a record low under Trump’s administration. Meanwhile, he asserts that illegal immigration has reached record highs under the Biden administration.
Cartels’ confidence has been bolstered as they profit from human and fentanyl trafficking. Abbott stated that Texans are paying an extremely high price for Biden’s failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local officials from Biden’s own party will tell him if given the opportunity to do so.
Abbott implored Biden to label Mexican drug gangs as international terrorist organizations and to enforce existing U.S. immigration laws more rigorously.
The media have contacted the White House for comment on Abbott’s letter.
Later on Sunday, after meeting with the President, Abbott told reporters that it would be for naught unless Bidens administration started enforcing the immigration laws in the United States of America, as outlined in the letter delivered to the President today.
When Abbott was asked President Biden’s response to him, the governor said Biden wanted to work with him on the issue.
President Biden had intended to spend a few hours in El Paso, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings due primarily to Nicaraguans seeking refuge from government brutality, abject poverty, and crime. New measures implemented by the Biden administration this past week have drawn heavy criticism from immigration groups and apply to migrants from four nations.
It was anticipated that the President would meet with officials at the border to discuss migration and the rising trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, contributing to the already skyrocketing number of overdose deaths in the United States.
President Biden had also planned to meet with nonprofits and religious organizations that assist newly arrived migrants at the El Paso County Migrant Services Center. No information was given on whether President Biden would meet with any migrants during his time in El Paso.