Samuel Case, FISM News
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, this Sunday, denied an appeal from Texas Governor Greg Abbott to officially provide an emergency declaration for the record influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S. southern border. Abbott is seeking reimbursement from the Biden administration for the millions of dollars Texas has spent mitigating the border surge.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner wrote:
“After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied.”
Abbott originally requested an emergency declaration on Sept. 20. “Texas residents’ property is being destroyed; crimes are occurring; humans, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state; law enforcement is having to redirect their resources; and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses,” Abbott wrote.
The Texas governor announced a six step plan to address the border crisis, which included renewed construction of the border wall. At the same time Abbott created a special Governor’s Task Force to Better Secure the Border, allocated over $1 billion from the Texas budget towards the border crisis, and declared a disaster declaration to allocate resources to the border. Texas also passed an additional $1.8 billion security bill to improve border security.
Members of the Texas State Guard are on the ground constructing strategic barriers along the border in support of #OperationLoneStar.
Texas is also building a border wall to halt the influx of illegal immigrants & deadly drugs coming into our state. pic.twitter.com/KXtR0paPal
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 21, 2021
Appearing on Fox News, Abbott said “the Biden administration is AWOL” at the border. “The Biden administration has abandoned any pretense of securing the border, and it’s left only to the state of Texas to step up and to secure our own border,” Abbott told the news outlet on Monday.
We have thousands of National Guard as well as Texas Department of Public Safety Officers, including Texas Rangers, making sure that we are providing the resources we need to secure the border, as well as Texas is in the process of building a wall, as well as making arrests of people coming across the border illegally and trespassing in the state of Texas.