Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, speaks during a news conference along the Rio Grande, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. The U.S. is flying Haitians camped in a Texas border town back to their homeland and blocking others from crossing the border from Mexico. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
UPDATED 6:03 PM PT – Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) gave remarks at the Del Rio border crossing to address the ongoing crisis as thousands of Haitian migrants have flooded that area of the border. During his speech on Tuesday, Abbott slammed the Biden administration for its open border policies.
Around 8,600 migrants have remained at the Del Rio crossing, which was down from a peak of 15,000 over the weekend as federal officials rushed to send people back to their home countries. Abbott said the state has spent upwards of $3 billion on protecting the border in the absence of any help from the Biden administration.
Abbott went on to say, “because the Biden administration has been promoting and allowing open border policies, it has been the state of Texas that had to step up and address this challenge and work with the local mayor, the local county judge and the local sheriff.”
Border security officials also spoke at the conference, with both the president of the Border Patrol Council and the director of the Texas Public Safety Department criticizing Biden for abandoning the border. They also praised Abbott for stepping up to the plate to take on the migrant crisis.