Abbott Criticizes Biden Border Order

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said last week that President Joe Biden was not doing enough to secure the southern border. The governor’s comments came after the president signed an executive order to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants coming over the border.

Abbott said that the Biden administration was not going far enough to stop the flow of migrants into the country. Biden signed the executive order, but Abbott said that the White House “refuses to provide any type of enforcement, any type of blockage of people crossing illegally.”

The governor argued that the Biden administration would release illegal aliens into the country under the new plan.

He further said that “all this new Biden policy is going to do is to actually attract and invite even more people to cross the border illegally.”

“And you’ve seen on videos, ever since the Biden order went into place, there’s no slowing down of people crossing the border. In fact, it’s just accelerating, and so this is gaslighting our fellow Americans when Biden gets up and says this is going to stop people from coming across the border, when he says it’s going to secure the border. In fact, it is making the border illegal crossings worse,” Abbott added.

Many Republicans criticized Biden’s border order, stating that it happened both too late and that it did not do enough. One criticism is that it overturned Biden’s earlier actions, reinstating actions by former President Donald Trump.

More than seven million illegal aliens were estimated to have entered the country during Biden’s time in office. This includes more than three million estimated border encounters in 2023. Last December saw the highest number of monthly crossings on record, crossing 300,000 for the first time.

Texas has launched its own border enforcement measures under Operation Lone Star. Abbott has utilized state National Guard troops and Texas state police to prevent illegal aliens from crossing into the country and crack down on human trafficking and the drug trade.