Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares disaster in state over border crisis

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares disaster in state over border crisis

Texas Governor Greg Abbott talks about Operation Lone Star during a press conference Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Regional Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Weslaco, Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his disaster declaration will give the state more resources and strategies “to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activities stemming from the border crisis.”Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 34 counties along or near the Lone Star State’s border with Mexico Tuesday, claiming that President Biden’s immigration policies had allowed in a flood of drugs and gang members.

“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in a statement. 

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“Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them.”

In the declaration, Abbott noted that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers had “made over 1,300 criminal arrests, apprehended over 35,000 illegal migrants and seized over 10,000 pounds of drugs and over 100 firearms” since March 6 of this year. He also stated that between January and April, troopers had intercepted “21.5 million lethal doses of fentanyl.”

Dozens of asylum-seeking migrants from Romania, Armenia, and Central America, including a group of unaccompanied minors, await to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande.
Dozens of asylum-seeking migrants await transportation to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande.
Abbott said the state has already made over 1,000 criminal arrests.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas has already made over 1,000 criminal arrests. 

“Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done,” Abbot’s statement concluded. 

“By declaring a state of disaster in these counties, Texas will have more resources and strategies at our disposal to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activities stemming from the border crisis. Working together with local law enforcement, the state will continue to take robust and meaningful action to keep our communities safe.”

Families from Venezuela wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Abbott has been one of the Biden administration’s most persistent critics on the issue of illegal immigration. Last month, he accused the president of abandoning “the rule of law” at the Texas border.

“Our state legislature, they allocated about $800 million every two years for the state to pay for this [border security],” Abbott told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on May 2. 

“This year, because of the extended time that we will have the National Guard on the border, it likely — will clearly — exceed a billion dollars for the state to have to secure the United States of America.”

His declaration claimed the state has spent approximately $3.5 billion on border security since 2014.Families from Venezuela wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol.Go Nakamura/Reuters

Last week, Abbott announced plans to enact legislation criminalizing the manufacture or delivery of fentanyl, a powerful and often deadly opioid. 

“It’s clear,” the governor said at the time, “that Biden’s open-border policies are unleashing deadly consequences.”FILED UNDER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS , JOE BIDEN , MIGRANTS , TEXAS , US BORDER

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a campaign rally by US President Donald Trump at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, October 22, 2018.

Texas Bans Mask Mandates For Local Governments And Public Schools

By Charlotte Pence Bond

May 18, 2021 DailyWire.com SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas issued an executive order on Tuesday that will ban local governments and schools from requiring face masks.

The executive order stated that:

No government entity, including a county, city, school district, and public health authority, and no governmental official may require any person to wear a face covering or to mandate that another person wear a face covering; provided, however, that: 

a.state supported living centers, government-owned hospitals, and government-operated hospitals may continue to use appropriate policies regarding the wearing of face coverings; and 

b.the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and any county and municipal jails acting consistent with guidance by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards may continue to use appropriate policies regarding the wearing of face coverings. 

The order goes on to state that public schools may continue adhering to current mask policies until June 4, at which point the Texas Education Agency will change its guidance so that “no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or visitor may be required to wear a face covering.”READER’S PASS

Local governments are also required to end their mask mandates by May 21 and any governments that continue to require mask-wearing could face a fine up to $1,000.

Abbott announced the move in a tweet, saying:

TX is prohibiting mask mandates by gov’t entities. 

Starting May 21, local govts attempting to impose mask mandates can be fined up to $1K. 

We’re also prohibiting public schools from mandating masks after June 4.

Texans, not gov’t, should decide their best health practices.

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“The Lone Star state continues to defeat COVID-19 through the use of widely-available vaccines, antibody therapeutic drugs, and safe practices utilized by Texans in our communities,” Abbott said in a press release. “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities.”

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The move comes after Texas reached several milestones over the weekend in its fight against COVID-19, months after President Joe Biden had mocked the state’s reopening strategy as “Neanderthal thinking.”

On Sunday, Abbott announced in a tweet:

Today Texas reported:

*0 Covid related deaths–the only time that’s happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.

*the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months

*the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever

*the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.

Thanks, Texans!

As The Daily Wire reported, Biden mocked Texas and Mississippi — both run by Republican governors and legislatures — in early March for their decision to lift mask mandates and reopen their economies.

“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said to a reporter when asked about the reopening. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”

“The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything’s fine, take off your mask,” Biden continued. “Forget it. It still matters… And it’s critical, critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands, hot water, do it frequently. Wear a mask and stay socially distant. And I know you all know that, I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it.”