Abbott provides update on state response to humanitarian crisis at southern border

Texas Governor Greg Abbott shares how the state is responding to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday, March 9, held a press conference in Mission, Texas, to discuss the state’s response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border.

Prior to the press conference, the Governor took an aerial tour of the border and received a briefing from members of the U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the National Border Patrol Council, and the Texas National Guard. 

“The Biden Administration has created a crisis at our southern border through open border policies that give the green light to dangerous cartels and other criminal activity,” said Governor Abbott. “Border security is the federal government’s responsibility, but the State of Texas will not allow the administration’s failures to endanger the lives of innocent Texans. Instead, Texas is stepping up to fill the gaps left open by the federal government to secure the border, apprehend dangerous criminals, and keep Texans safe.”

Governor Abbott noted that the current crisis at the southern border is a direct result of the Biden Administration’s open border policies. The Governor stated that over 800 criminal aliens have been apprehended in Texas this year, including sex offenders and gang members, and many of those individuals had been deported before. Cartels are ramping up trafficking and smuggling along the border and overwhelming border patrol resources —  a strategy of the organizations to bring more dangerous elements across the border including violent criminals, contraband, and individuals from special interest countries.

The Governor condemned the Biden Administration for enriching the cartels with these open border strategies and for failing to provide vaccines to members of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Governor Abbott also noted that the the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are responsible for detaining, testing, and quarantining anyone that comes across the border, and called on the Biden Administration to increase the amount of ICE facilities and provide more funding to the agency to allow them to do their jobs. Governor Abbott concluded his press conference by assuring Texans that the state will step in to fill the gap created by the federal government and protect our communities from criminal activities along the border. 

Previously, the Governor and DPS launched Operation Lone Star, which will deploy air, ground, marine, and tactical border security assets to high threat areas to deny Mexican Cartels and other smugglers the ability to move drugs and people into Texas.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Abbott has never paid this much attention to the border until the administration changed. This has been going on for Decades non-stop, problems on the border didn’t just start like he would have you believe. Start arresting these white collar drug dealers here in the US with money and power and political influence to buy the drugs and bring it here. He talks of covid coming across the border,it’s already here dude. This is the same guy who told Texans you don’t have to wear a mask and won’t except federal funds for covid testing along the southern border. SOUNDS LIKE A NEANDERTHAL TO ME.

  2. If you ask me – he should pay attention to that mess, he, Bailes and the AG helped create in Plum Grove, TX. Someone needs to hold the Commissioner’s Court, the developer and the local entities accountable. Even if you do not live in Plum Grove – you are still gonna pay for this mess if you live in Liberty County.

  3. Abbott also has some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. In the mean time he will be working on ways to keep you from voting next time, unless your voting for him. What a loser

  4. Humanitarian crisis? Caused by whom? The ones coming here illegally. Put them on buses and drop them off on the steps of the U.S. Capital. See some action start then. And Wayne, who is stopping the fence building? Liberals are idiots.

  5. We’re you in DC with the rest of those imbeciles, the whole world is laughing at you so called patriots 🤣😄. What stupidity.

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