Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) blasted the Biden administration for his decision to deploy 1,500 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, claiming that the President was sending soldiers to complete “paperwork” and not to “secure the border.”
These comments were many during Abbott’s latest interview with Fox News on Sunday. The southern border has become an issue of a lot of focus in recent weeks as the Biden administration is preparing to lift Title 42, a pandemic health order which allowed them to expel immigrants at the border without having to go through the asylum procedures.
This Trump administration policy had many critics, but Biden and his team have defended the usage of this policy despite the accusations from immigration advocates that it was a violation of federal and international law.
The policy is now set to expire on Thursday, and with it, an influx of immigrants is expected to cross into the U.S. Abbott, who has been extremely critical of the Biden administration’s border policies has argued that the border requires more manpower and that what they need is not soldiers but rather a change in the open border policies followed by the Biden administration in order to secure the border.
When asked about why he had previously agreed with sending soldiers to the border under the Trump administration, Abbott argued that Trump had done so to secure the border. He proceeded to call out Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who recently stated that the border “is not open” even though Abbott claimed that everyone in America knew that was not true.