Governor Abbott: Letters to Biden Are Fine and Dandy – But How About Using Your Power to Close the Border?

Texas Governor Greg Abbott hand-delivered a letter to President Biden upon his arrival for the first border visit of his presidency, urging him to take action as "America is suffering" under the current illegal immigration crisis.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott hand-delivered a letter to President Biden upon his arrival for the first border visit of his presidency, urging him to take action as “America is suffering” under the current illegal immigration crisis.

The scathing letter outlines a series of actions Biden must take to quell the crisis.

A crisis, Abbott writes, that “is happening because you have violated your Constitutional obligation to defend the states against invasion…”

In the letter’s first sentence, Abbott declares Biden’s visit to be “$20 billion too little and two years too late.”

The letter also notes the glaringly obvious photo-op nature of the President’s visit. As The Political Insider reported earlier, El Paso cleared out illegal immigrant camps and cleaned up the streets ahead of Biden’s visit.

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Abbott: America is Suffering Under Biden’s Border Crisis

Governor Greg Abbott pointed out in his letter to Biden how the illegal immigration issue had been curbed significantly under the previous administration.

But something has changed in the last two years. What could it be?

“Under your watch, by contrast, America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country,” Abbott insisted.

He also addressed the humanitarian and drug aspect of the crisis, saying the President’s open-border policies “have emboldened the cartels,” leading to an increase of fentanyl and human trafficking, oftentimes costing Texans their lives.

The White House has insisted time and again that, despite the overwhelming video evidence to the contrary, that illegal immigrants are “not just … walking across the border.”

An MSNBC report three weeks ago, however, documented numerous illegal aliens who said they “haven’t had any interaction with U.S. immigration authorities” and “they just walked right in.”

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Is a Strongly-Worded Letter Going to Change Anything?

Similar to the bussing of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, I remain unconvinced that the ‘strongly-worded letter’ approach is going to do anything to convince Biden to fix the border crisis.

Sure, it’s great to draw attention to the matter, but it’s not as if all of America isn’t aware of the invasion at the Southern border at this point.

Instead of bussing them to other cities in America, maybe bus them right back over to Mexico.

Instead of handing the President a letter he either won’t or can’t read, maybe beef up the National Guard presence to protect the border.

Texas has the largest National Guard contingent in the country, at 21,000 soldiers. The point of the National Guard, of course, is to guard the nation. 

Abbott did issue an executive order this past July authorizing the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to apprehend aliens who illegally cross the border between ports of entry and return them to the border.

Politico reports that “State police and National Guard … have zero jurisdiction to enforce federal immigration policy” and it can only be done by “CBP (on the border) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (in the interior).”

Evidence of such a jurisdictional issue arose in August when video surfaced of Border Patrol agents opening a gate in Eagle Pass allowing dozens of illegal immigrants into the country after Texas National Guard officers had locked it shut.

Abbott called the video “unbelievable” and insisted “while Texas secures the border, the federal government is enabling illegal immigration.”

But is that really the case? With overwhelming numbers, the Texas National Guard could easily close the Texas border, and far outnumber the federal agents who very literally open the gates for illegal aliens. 

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What would the Border Patrol do? Open fire on American soldiers? Doubtful.

Speaking to reporters following Biden’s visit, the Republican governor said nothing would come of it “unless [the administration] begins to enforce the immigration laws already that exist in the United States of America.”

The lawlessness and chaos are the point. It’s intentional. It’s what helps Democrats stay in power.

And no letter is ever going to change that. Only power will.

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