Governor Greg Abbott

Gov. Abbott Calls Congress "Group Of Reprobates" For Not Addressing Crisis On Border

June 21, 2019 - 12:35 pm

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - An angered Governor Greg Abbott called members of the U.S. Congress “a group of reprobates” for not addressing the crisis on the border at a press conference on Friday. 

Gov Abbott says Texas is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to help deal with the latest border surge.

Related: Texas Dedicating Nearly $1 Billion To Help Secure Border

"This is necessary because more than 45,000 people have been apprehended crossing our border in just the last three weeks" said Abbott.

The troops will assist at border crossings and temporary holding facilities that are being set up in El Paso and Rio Grande Valley.

Since Governor Abbott took office, the State of Texas has dedicated nearly $3 billion to confront the challenges that exist along our southern border.

"The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place," said Governor Abbott. "With the deployment of these troops, we are taking action to confront the crisis at the border and keep potentially dangerous criminals and illegal activity out of our communities. By working together with our federal partners, we will continue to pursue a strong and comprehensive strategy to secure our border."

The Governor took to social media earlier this week to announce the state is dedicating almost one billion dollars to do what the federal government is failing to do.

Governor Abbott says the state is funding the National Guard and Department of Public Safety to help the U.S. Border Patrol.

"We’re adding boats and planes to detect and deter cartels that try to smuggle people into Texas" said Abbott.

Abbott added the crisis on the border will continue until Congress passing meaningful immigration reform laws.