Migrants climb over a fence in a yard near the border between Mexico and the United States in Del Rio, Texas on May 16, 2021. (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – On June 1, the same day Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended President Trump’s remain-in-Mexico policy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for his state’s southern border.
« The Governor is authorizing the use of all necessary and available state and local resources to protect landowners in these counties from trespassers and the damage they cause to private property, » said a news release from Abbott’s office.
« The Governor has also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking. The Governor directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to take all necessary steps to discontinue state licensure of any child care facility under a contract with the federal government that shelters or detains unlawful immigrants.
The declaration directs authorities to give counties the flexibility they need to establish more detention facilities or to expand the capacity of existing facilities. In other words, Texas is making room for the drug and human smugglers and trespassers it aims to arrest.
« 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, » said Governor Abbott:
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.
Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done. 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.
Terminate Trump’s MPP
In a seven-page memo released on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary said he has decided that President Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that required asylum seekers to remain in Mexico pending adjudication of their immigration claims « is no longer a necessary or viable tool for the Department. »
Mayorkas directed DHS personnel to “take all appropriate actions to terminate MPP,” after finding that MPP “had mixed effectiveness in achieving several of its central goals.”
“I have determined that MPP does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management in such a way as to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens and other shortfalls.” Mayorkas also said preserving MPP « would not be consistent with this Administration’s vision and values. »
He noted that while MPP was in effect, border crossings fluctuated. “Moreover, in making my assessment, I share the belief that we can only manage migration in an effective, responsible and durable manner if we approach the issue comprehensively, looking well beyond our own borders.”
Reacting to the MPP termination on Tuesday night, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham that reversing Trump’s policies, which discouraged illegal immigration, has produced an « out-of-control » situation.
Look at what President Trump did. I mean, he started building the wall, but he negotiated agreements with Mexico. He negotiated agreements with the northern triangle countries. And it stopped the flow of illegals into the border on mass scale.
If you look at what’s happening now, it’s completely out of control. And it’s not just South and Central America. We have over 150 different countries where people have come across our southern border illegally, including people on the terrorist watch list. And Kamala Harris is directly responsible for it, and she is trying to dump this off on somebody else because she has mismanaged it.
We’ve invited her down to the border. I’ve brought members of Congress, probably 100 members of Congress have been down on the Republican side to the border. The Border Patrol agents all tell you the same thing. Remain in Mexico is the biggest thing, but them just putting a flashing light saying the border is open.
They know it’s open all across Central America. Kamala Harris needs to go down, see for herself, and then put those policies back in place that were working.
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