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Abbott backpedals on pledge to shut down 6 border crossings

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the media recently at Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas near the border.
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Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to the media recently at Anzalduas Park in Mission, Texas near the border.

UPDATE:  AUSTIN, TexasGov. Greg Abbott said on Thursday that he directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border” at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection — then reversed himself shortly after, blaming the Biden administration for flip-flopping in its request for state help.

“I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these [migrant] caravans from overrunning our state,” Abbott said in an emailed statement.

The Republican called the crisis dire and said “agents are overwhelmed by the chaos” at the border.

“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 points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state,” Abbott said in a statement.

“The border crisis is so dire that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requesting our help as their agents are overwhelmed by the chaos. Unlike President Biden, the State of Texas remains committed to securing our border and protecting Americans.”

Earlier in the day, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon said that all the points of entry to Del Rio, Texas, will be shut down due to the overwhelming number of migrants there

“Six, seven days ago, Del Rio saw 400 migrants sitting, underneath the bridge, the (point of entry) in downtown Del Rio … there’s about 6,000 sitting there right now and more are coming,” said Escalon.

“Before I came here today, my last instructions are, we’re going to shut down all the POEs in Del Rio,” he said, following an update on Operation Lone Star.

CNN previously reported Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said there were over 8,500 migrants under the Del Rio International Bridge waiting to get processed.

According to the US Customs and Border Protection website, the “Del Rio Sector is responsible for detecting and preventing the smuggling and unlawful entry of undocumented immigrants into the United States along 245 miles of the Rio Grande River and Lake Amistad that forms the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The area covers 55,063 square miles of Texas, and reaches 300 miles into Texas from the U.S.-Mexico border.”

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  1. Poor stupid Abbott. Ports of entry into the country are solely under the jurisdiction of the federal government. States have absolutely no say so in the matter. These filthy white supremacists need to sit down somewhere. He needs to be concerned with disbanding ERCOT and getting us hooked to one of the national grids before another climate change afflicted winter arrives if he wants to do something useful.

    1. you would be wrong on that, the feds operate them but the bridges are owned by state and city governments. how do tou think el paso gets away with charging tolls on them?

        1. So what?? When Biden broke the law on the rental moratorium he basically said “i don’t care what the law says, I’ll do it until stop me”,so you know what, Abbitt can do the same thing. This is the lawless America that Biden is creating.

      1. The “mess” on the border is due to deteriorating conditions in Honduras, Guatemala, and Haiti. They have nothing to do with Biden. If you would obtain some current events knowledge, you could understand this fact easily known to the vast majority of Americans.

        1. We are not responsible for the events in Honduras or anywhere else for that matter. IT’s Biden who’s allowing it to happen when they arrive here so yes it’s bidents fault

        2. Good laugh. Hey nitwit the vast majority of Americans are against illegal immigration and blame senile Joe for the current mess. Keep up with real not leftist news. You must get your fake news from MSNBC and the HuffPo.

          1. He is only worse in your mind only because of your Mango Mussolini Syndrome aka TDS. You’re had that for over 4 years or more now. It’s now an incurable mental disease for you. I pity your children. Your TDS is worse than nitwit Alberto’s.

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