The governor of Texas is calling on President Joe Biden to step up on the border crisis and declare it a federal emergency, according to The Daily Wire.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made his request on Monday, asking that the Biden administration give Texas access to federal resources to cope with the growing flood of illegal migrants from all over the world.
According to the Daily Wire, Abbott sent a five-page request to the White House pointing out the immigration and humanitarian crisis in Del Rio, Texas, as easily rising to the level of a crisis that warrants federal intervention.
“Border security is a federal responsibility; however, in response to the current situation, I have taken the appropriate action under state law by directing the execution of the state’s emergency management plan and by declaring a state of disaster on May 31, 2021, for multiple Texas counties across the state’s southern border,” Abbott said in his request.
The governor was referencing the tens of thousands of immigrants who are being kept in a makeshift holding pen underneath an overpass, currently, saying the government must step in:
“I submit this request due to the overwhelming surge of individuals unlawfully attempting to cross the Texas-Mexico border in Val Verde County.
“These illegal crossings are aided by a dam on federal property, and thus under the jurisdiction of the federal government, which allows individuals to easily traverse the Rio Grande River. The rush of migrants increased from approximately 4,000 individuals on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, to over 16,000 migrants on Saturday, September 18, 2021.”
Abbott said that the flow of migrants “shows no signs of slowing” and ” poses life-threatening risks to residents of Val Verde County and is quickly overrunning law enforcement and health care and humanitarian resources which were never intended to be used in this capacity.”
“Families, including infants and children, need food, water, and medical supplies that the local government cannot supply,” Abbott said in his plea for relief. “Thousands of families are immobilized in 100-degree heat as their numbers continue to swell as they wait to be processed by the approximately 64 federal agents in the area. Individuals are camping in squalid conditions and bathing in muddy river water, causing great health concerns.”