Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), fresh off an overwhelming reelection victory last week against perennially unpopular Beto O'Rourke, has taken a brave move to fight the ongoing encroachment of the southern border, invoking provisions in the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas to protect the state from “an invasion.”
The resignation of Chris Magnus, President Biden's director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was announced on Friday. Under Biden, illegal border crossings across the United States have skyrocketed. Fox News' Bill Melugin, who has done remarkable work to expose the reality of the border crisis, provided the figures:
CBP reports there were 230,678 migrant encounters at the border in October, the first month of the fiscal year 2023. It is an enormous increase over recent Octobers.
OCT FY'23 : 230,678
OCT FY'22 : 164,837
OCT FY'21 : 71,929
OCT FY'20: 45,139
OCT FY'19: 60,781
This decision by Governor Abbott shows that he does not have confidence in the current administration's capability or will to tidy up the mess along the border. It follows Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s speech in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security, during which he claimed the Biden administration was “working day in and day out” to tackle the problems at the border.
“Secretary Mayorkas, do you continue to maintain that the border is secure?” North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop asked in reference to an assertion Mayorkas presented to the Judiciary Committee this summer.
“Yes, and we are working day in and day out to enhance security, Congressman,” Mayorkas replied.
Bishop continued to say that Mayorkas “denies reality” about the current crisis, an assertion with which Greg Abbott clearly agrees. Abbott's directive will result in the National Guard being deployed to the border with increased land and sea patrols, a deal with other states — and even foreign powers to stop an “invasion” and the building of a wall across several sections along the border.