“Our goal is to put the drug cartels out of business, make them lose money in trying to bring people here and their smuggling and trafficking operations, and make them take their business elsewhere,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Thursday.
“I am trying to get all the presidential candidates to come to Texas – I’ll even give a tour to Hillary Clinton,” Abbott told radio host and commentator Laura Ingraham on her show. “I want every single one of them to know and see firsthand what is going on.”
Abbott appeared on the highly rated The Laura Ingraham Show program to discuss the lawsuit filed against the controversial Obama executive action movements regarding immigration and Texas’ plans to deal with the illegal activity and crossings.
“Currently there are still more than 10,000 people coming across the border each and every month unauthorized,” the Governor stated. “And again, we are seeing an explosion of people coming here from countries other than Mexico and an increase in the number of people coming from what are called ‘countries of interest’—these are countries that have ties to terrorism.”
Abbott asked Ingraham to “remember this one last fact, Laura, and that is – these people don’t just mysteriously show up, they show up because they are paying a heavy price to the drug cartels who are bringing them here.”
Earlier this month, Federal Judge Hanen sided with the 26 state coalition ruling that the Obama administration cannot implement the executive action policies. The judge cited that the Department of Justice hasn’t “shown any credible reason for why this Directive necessitates immediate implementation.”
When Judge Hanen found that the White House has misled the court with early implementation by expanding work permits to the illegal aliens, the Justice Department appealed to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
While President Barack Obama tries to force through an executive order to protect illegal immigrants from deportation, border continue to battle the criminal activity and continue to reveal startling information. Governor Abbott and Texas leaders have reliable information and intelligence proving the stream of illegal immigrants crossing the border is growing daily.
- Over 1,000 motion detection activated cameras helped border agents apprehend almost 30,000 suspects since their installation in 2014.
- Over 88,400 pounds of drugs were also confiscated as part of this surveillance program, deemed Operation Drawbridge.
- Over 40,000 illegal immigrants have entered into Texas since January 1, 2015. The trend in the number of attempts is increasing each day.
- On average, 25 American citizens are killed each day by illegal immigrants.
- The intelligence developing shows that the movement of terrorism planners and agents is increasing.
Political parties in the United States has been quarreling over building fences along the southern border with Mexico for decades. While federal government has been lackluster in protecting the border, problems with terrorism threats, human trafficking, drug smuggling, violent crime of drug cartels and non-enforcement of immigration laws continue to rise.
Abbott wants all serious presidential candidates to visit the Texas-Mexico border.
“We take them up in the air, we take them on the ground, we take them on the river – we show before their very eyes these people who are coming across the border unauthorized,” Abbott said. “We see how their own laws and their own sovereignty are being violated, and so our goal is to help all these candidates understand what is really taking place on the ground and my demand as the Governor of Texas is that they step up and fix this problem.”
“I am going to be working as strongly as I can to oppose anybody who is not going to first secure our border,” Abbott continued. “And I am going to strongly advocate the necessity that whoever is elected president step up and do the fundamental job of the federal government – which is to protect our sovereignty.”
On Feb. 16, Judge Hanen granted an injunction against the Department of Justice’s actions at the request of the opposing states.
Texas leads a 26-state bipartisan coalition fighting the President’s attempt to unilaterally grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Joining Texas in the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.