Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced an agreement with a fourth Mexican governor regarding enhanced security measures at ports of entry along the southern border.
Abbott signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between his state and the State of Tamaulipas allowing for enhanced border security measures that “will prevent illegal immigration from Mexico to Texas and improve the flow of traffic across the international bridge.”
Prior to that, he had signed similar MOUs with Chihuahua Governor María Eugenia Campos Galván, Coahuila Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís, and Nuevo León Governor Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda.
“Border governors can achieve results when we work together and put the safety of our constituents first,” Abbott said in a statement.
“While President Biden ignores the ongoing crisis at the border, the State of Texas will continue to work with heads of state in Mexico to further strengthen our comprehensive border strategy.”
Signed a memorandum of understanding with Tamaulipas Gov. @fgcabezadevaca in Weslaco today.
Border governors achieve results when we work together.
As Biden ignores the border crisis, Texas continues to work with heads of state in Mexico to address it. https://t.co/BZBvpIq9T1
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 16, 2022
Abbott Signs Deal With Mexico Governors, Sends Another Bus of Illegal Immigrants to DC
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Four might be the magic number for Abbott.
On the same weekend Abbott was signing his fourth MOU with Mexican governors as part of an effort to secure the border in Texas, he was also sending a fourth bus of illegal immigrants to Washington, DC.
This bus, however, only had fewer than 10 illegal immigrants from Venezuela.
One such individual said he had volunteered for the trip, having fled from the country due to “the corruption and because of the really high food prices.”
Abbott announces fourth bus of migrants dropped off in Washington, DC
Despite asking for more than a one-hour heads up at 6am, there’s been no advanced warning so we haven’t had the chance to be on scene/speak to migrants
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) April 16, 2022
Governor Abbott announced two weeks ago that he planned to take several measures to secure the border with the looming threat of Title 42 being lifted likely resulting in an even greater surge of illegal immigrants.
Those measures included enhanced vehicle inspections and busing illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital.
NOW – Texas is preparing charter buses to send illegal immigrants to Washington D.C., Governor Greg Abbott announces.pic.twitter.com/fDVnEesgQa
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) April 6, 2022
The Political Insider reported that Abbott’s move to bus illegal immigrants to the capital is “a mostly symbolic jab at President Biden’s policies” noting that the participants would have to volunteer and that the preferable destination for the buses would be back over the Mexican border.
The governor’s site notes that “to board a bus or flight, a migrant must volunteer to be transported.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed Abbott’s move as little more than a publicity stunt.
Jen Psaki’s blood visibly BOILS when Peter Doocy asks her about TX Gov. @GregAbbott_TX‘s plans to send illegal border crossers to DC on CHARTER BUSES
— Blake 🇺🇲 (@PatriotBlake22) April 7, 2022
Abbott also ran into some trouble regarding the vehicle inspections when Mexican truckers began blockading the international bridge and causing major disruptions.
The disruptions allowed the Biden administration to take advantage and claim that the move was causing inflation to rise … in the past two weeks.
“Gov. Abbott’s unnecessary and redundant inspections of trucks transiting ports of entry between Texas and Mexico are causing significant disruptions to the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, impacting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Reporter: “Is the White House blaming Greg Abbott for inflation?”
Jen Psaki: “We’re trying to state the facts of what his, another political stunt that we’re seeing happen, and the impact of it. […] These actions are impacting people’s jobs.” https://t.co/iKwjbqdXHl pic.twitter.com/Bf4gtoVAk6
— The Hill (@thehill) April 14, 2022
It is one of the more absurd comments you’ll hear coming out of an administration that has sent inflation numbers sky high since they took over the White House.
Hopefully, Abbott’s new agreements with multiple Mexican governors will prevent them from pursuing such a narrative.
Border agents and officials are reportedly concerned about a looming “disaster” of an influx of illegal immigrants once Title 42 is lifted by the Biden administration in May, suggesting the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border could surge to 170,000 per month.
The President’s own Department of Homeland Security is warning of much higher numbers, indicating “it is preparing for an influx of as many as 18,000 immigrants per day later this year.”