Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that six ports of entry along the southern border between Texas and Mexico will be shut down “to stop these caravans from overrunning our state.”
“The sheer negligence of the Biden administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six ports of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state,” said Abbott in a statement to Fox News.
“The border crisis is so dire that the US Customs and Border Protection is requesting our help as their agents are overwhelmed by the chaos,” Abbott continued. “Unlike President Biden, the State of Texas remains committed to securing our border and protecting Americans.”
According to Abbott, his decision to close the ports comes after the Biden Administration reversed their decision to close ports of entry.
“Six hours after U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested help from Texas to close ports of entry and secure the border, the Biden Administration has now flip-flopped to a different strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border,” said Abbott in an additional statement.
“The Biden Administration is in complete disarray and is handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan. I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to maintain their presence at and around ports of entry to deter crossings,” Abbott continued.
Migrant crowd waiting under Texas border bridge doubles to 8K overnight
The number of migrants waiting under a bridge in Texas to be apprehended by the Border Patrol has doubled overnight and now tops 8,000 people, according to a report Thursday.
Drone footage shot by Fox News shows the sea of migrants, the majority from Haiti, under the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, and sources tell the network the situation is “out of control” and that Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed.
There were about 4,000 migrants at the bridge Wednesday, but the number spiked overnight to around 8,200.
A law enforcement official told Fox News most of the crowd is made up of Haitians and more are arriving every moment.
The stunning images come a day after Fox News reported there were more than 200,000 encounters with illegal immigrants at the southern border in August, marking the second straight month in which the numbers exceeded that