As President Biden arrived in Texas Sunday for his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott hand-delivered a scathing letter to the president, criticizing his border policies.
In his letter, Abbott slammed the president’s visit as a “$20 billion too little and two years too late.” He also noted that the president’s tour avoids areas where mass illegal immigration occurs “and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies.”
“Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis,” Abbott said, alleging that the chaos was the direct result of the Biden administration failing to enforce federal immigration laws.
Abbott said the federal government achieved “historically low levels of illegal immigration” under President Trump. But under the Biden administration, Abbott said, “America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country.”
“Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings,” he said. “Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance.”
Abbott implored Biden to enforce federal immigration laws already on the books and to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
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