Mayor Eric Adams and his DC counterpart Muriel Bowser should wake the Biden administration up from its “willful ignorance” regarding the border crisis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday — as he continues to send busloads of illegal migrants to progressive East Coast cities.
In a new op-ed published by Fox News, the Republican governor insisted his bold plan highlights the strain President Biden’s open border policy has on border towns — and the naivety of Democrat-run liberal cities to this reality.
“If the mayors of America’s most populous city and the nation’s capital are complaining about a few thousand migrants, imagine what these small border communities with more limited resources face on the frontlines,” Abbott wrote.
“The New York City and D.C. mayors’ recent interest in this relentless crisis is a welcome departure from willful ignorance the Biden administration continues to demonstrate.”
The Texas lawmaker called on the Democrat mayors to use their newfound experience to implore President Biden to “stop dismissing this crisis.”
“As Mayors Adams and Bowser recently acknowledged, the border crisis demands immediate and decisive federal action. I ask that they call on President Biden to stop dismissing this crisis and to honor his duty of preserving America’s national security,” he wrote.
In recent weeks, both Adams and Bowser have asked the federal government for help to manage the influx of migrants into their cities.
In mid-July, the New York City mayor urged Biden to send “additional federal resources immediately” as the swarm of asylum seekers overcrowded the city’s homeless shelters.
Around the same time, Bowser issued a request to the Department of Defense for 150 DC National Guard personnel each day to ensure a “24/7 operation” in receiving the migrants.
She also requested the use of the DC Armory, or “another suitable federal location in the National Capital Region” for a temporary processing center.
The Pentagon later denied her request.
Abbott’s op-ed came just days after the Biden administration moved to phase out the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy that forced tens of thousands of people to return across the southern border to wait for their immigration proceedings.
While the administration insists the order did not deter migration, Republicans have warned that lifting the policy could lead to increased border crossings at a time when crossing are already at historic highs.
Meanwhile, Gov. Abbott launched “Operation Lone Star” to protect border communities in early 2022, as his first busload of migrants arrived in the Big Apple and DC.
Abbott revealed that the mission has led to over 290,000 migrant apprehensions and the seizure of nearly 326 million lethal doses of fentanyl as of late July.
“Regardless of the federal government’s indifference, a dangerous situation continues to intensify. Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45, but President Biden allows it to continue pouring across the border from Mexico,” Abbott wrote.
“Too frequently, we’ve witnessed the horrifying consequences of human smuggling and trafficking, yet Mexican cartels and other transnational criminals are emboldened to carry on with their deadly enterprises,” he continued.
Abbott also blasted the administration’s apparent lack of assistance Thursday, criticizing Biden’s failure to travel to the border during his time in office so far.
“President Biden has never visited the border to understand the magnitude of the crisis he created. His ‘Border Czar’ Vice President Kamala Harris has similarly taken no meaningful actions to address the gravity of the situation, except one visit to the El Paso sector over a year ago,” Abbott wrote.
“U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently testified that the southern border is ‘safe and secure.’ As thousands of illegal immigrants cross the border each day, that statement is either shockingly uninformed or intentionally deceptive.”
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