Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration in south Texas, devoting more resources to addressing the border crisis, his office announced Tuesday.
Law enforcement officers in the past appointed to prosecute illegal immigrants under applicable federal and state criminal laws including trafficking, after trafficking and trespass, Abbott said in press release. The governor said illegal immigrants have damaged private property and harmed landowners.
“President Biden’s open border policies pave the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to be poured into our communities,” Abbott continued. “Meanwhile, landowners along the border are found to be damaged and their property damaged on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them.”
“Texas continues to rise to face the border crisis of losing the federal government, but more needs to be done,” the press release added.
Issued a disaster declaration along the southern Texas border in response to the border crisis.
This declaration provides additional resources and means to curb the continuing influx of illegal immigrants.
Additional details: https://t.co/U2uJUESofr
– Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) June 1, 2021
Abbott ordered the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to shut down all federally contracted detention facilities holding illegal immigrants, including facilities occupied by unaccompanied children. Counties may designate optional facilities to detain illegal immigrants or expand capacity as they see fit, with waivers from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
“By declaring a state of disaster in the counties, Texas has many resources and methods available to protect landowners and enforce all federal and state laws to combat criminal activity. stemming from the border crisis, ”Abbott said in his press release. “In collaboration with local law enforcement, the state will continue to take vigorous and meaningful action to keep our communities safe.”
Abbott asked the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to simplify licensing and transfer procedures and to assist staff detention facilities if necessary to expand capacity.
Abbott did not respond to a request for comment by the Daily Caller News Foundation.