Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for southern border counties in response to ‘border crisis’

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for southern borders, including in El Paso, Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth and Jeff Davis counties, in response to what some officials have called a “border crisis.”

The declaration will provide “more resources and strategies to combat the ongoing influx of unlawful immigrants,” according to a press release.

Abbott authorized the use of any necessary and available state and local resources to protect landowners from the damage migrants cause to private property in southern border counties.

The governor has also directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to take any steps necessary to discontinue state licensure of any child care facility under a contract with the federal government that shelters or detains unlawful immigrants.

“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. “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.

Some local leaders say Abbott’s statements about the border are just not true and the disaster declaration is just another fear tactic.

“His disaster declaration talks about a border crisis and that’s something that we’ve had to deal with for many years where you have people — lawmakers in Austin or in Washington, D.C., trying to characterize the border as a dangerous place where people are just running amok,” El Paso County Commissioner Pct. 3. Iliana Holguin. “And he uses the word open borders in his disaster declaration, but we know none of that is true.”

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