DEL RIO (WBAP/KLIF) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke to reporters on Tuesday in Del Rio where he vowed to continue surging state resources to secure the Texas-Mexico border and address what he called “chaos” created by the Biden Administration.
During his remarks, Governor Abbott thanked the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Military Department, and local personnel for their response to the surge of more than 16,000 migrants arriving at the Del Rio International Bridge over the past week. The Governor also added that the State of Texas will continue to strategically deploy resources to other areas along the border as part of the ongoing efforts of Operation Lone Star.
The Governor also thanked members of the Texas Legislature for passing House Bill 9, legislation providing an additional $2 billion in border security funding.
“The State of Texas is taking unprecedented steps to secure the border, and we will continue to respond in full force to keep Texans safe,” said Governor Abbott. “The Biden Administration’s failure to enforce immigration laws and halt illegal crossings on a federal dam poses life-threatening risks to Texans and the migrants themselves. Texans ― and all Americans ― demand and deserve a secure southern border and the protection of our nation’s sovereignty. I thank the brave men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard for stepping up in the federal government’s absence to address this crisis.”
Governor Abbott announced this week the availability of $100 million in grant funding through the Operation Lone Star Grant Program to enhance interagency border security operations supporting OLS. On Monday, he sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting an emergency declaration for the State of Texas as a result of the migrant surge at the border.
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