By Bethany Blankley (Center Square)
Texas taxpayers are spending billions of dollars on illegal immigration. Its county government, law enforcement and medical personnel are trapped, with county judges and governors issuing disaster declarations in response to the flood of illegal immigrants in Texas.
The county first filed a disaster declaration on April 21, then a state disaster declaration on May 1.
Texas has declared a federal emergency, requesting assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), specifically requesting additional federal assistance to respond to the additional costs that the state is incurring in tackling illegal border crossings in Texas.
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FEMA denied the September 0 request.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas Femer would appeal the denial.
Abbott pleaded for federal help on Sept. 20, arguing that the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws, and its failure to stop illegal crossings on federal property, has created a substantial burden on the federal government’s sole jurisdiction, local and state resources.
Abbott said the failure of the federal government to intervene has left more than 16,000 migrants stranded on the Del Rio International Bridge.
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“President Biden has turned his back on Texans living on the border and FEMA’s refusal to declare a federal state of emergency at the border has put their health, safety and property at risk,” Abbott said in a statement.
“Texas State FEMA is appealing this damaging decision because the Biden administration’s refusal to resolve the crisis on our border has put pressure on local, state and federal resources. More than 1,000,000 migrants on the Del Rio International Bridge are the latest example of the federal government’s failure to take action.
Border Patrol agent John Unfinsen, president of the Del Rio chapter of the National Union, told the Washington Examiner that it was the Texas State Troopers (DPS) who helped hold the line under the bridge.
“Literally, we couldn’t have any symbol of control here without DPS,” Unfinsen said. “DPS gratefully came here and helped us dramatically. We literally couldn’t control it or even have some symbols of control in addition to the DPS, the National Guard, all the other local stakeholders. ”
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, estimates that state troops have more than 3 to 1 federal agents at the border, as well as the number of National Guardsmen and women who were on site.
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“This crisis is not over and will only get worse when the Biden administration continues to turn a blind eye to reality on the border,” Abbott said. “Texas will move forward and fully address this crisis, but we must provide complementary federal assistance to further protect Texans and to stop the flow of drugs, people and illicit drugs into our state.”
The funding was made possible because the Texas Legislature approved a total of $ 1.8 billion in additional resources for border protection in its second special legislative session this summer.
Earlier this year, Abbott said border 1 billion had gone into border protection efforts, including funds allocated for Operation Lone Star, which was launched in March.
Thousands of state personnel, including DPS soldiers, agents, rangers, and national guards and women, have been deployed to Operation Lonstar in addition to the county sheriff and their deputies, and a state task force focused on anti-human trafficking efforts.
The state has also begun plans to build a boundary wall, and has already begun building strategic fences and barriers on private and state property. Earlier this month, two agencies were selected to oversee the construction of the walls.
All of these efforts have been funded by Texas taxpayers, Abbott notes, who should not have paid to cover the costs incurred by the federal government.
Syndicated with permission from Center Square.