Texas Governor Greb Abbott has promised to hire any border patrol agents who may be fired by President Joe Biden. Last week, images highlighted by the media tried to convince people that the border patrol was whipping Haitian migrants. In reality, agents were using their long reins, also known as split reins, to control horses while trying to quell the migrant surge in Del Rio, Texas. The photographer who took the infamous photos even noted that he did not witness anyone whipping the migrants.
Nevertheless, President Biden condemned the images, saying, “Those people will pay.” President Biden promised an investigation and vowed there would be consequences. While the consequences have not been announced, senior officials have reported they would be minor. They expect a few days’ suspension with pay.
On Fox News Sunday, Governor Abbott said, “If he takes any action against them whatsoever—I have worked side by side with those border patrol agents—I want them to know something. If they are at risk of losing their job at a president who is abandoning his duty to secure the border, you have a job in the state of Texas. I will hire you to help Texas secure the border.”
Abbott slammed the handling of the border by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and President Biden. Abbott accused both of being in “dereliction of duty” for not protecting the sovereignty of the United States.
During the interview, Chris Wallace asked about US Attorney General Merrick Garland threatening to sue Abbott. According to USNews, Abbott’s executive order “makes it illegal to provide ground transportation to a group of migrants who have been detained by immigration officials for crossing the border illegally or who would have been expelled from the country under current border policy.”
The order also allows the state to impound vehicles and asks law enforcement to stop vehicles they suspect might be carrying an illegal immigrant. Garland called the order “dangerous and unlawful and a risk to public health.”
Abbott fired back, noting the administration’s lack of help to secure the Texas border. Just last week, over 15,000 migrants were staying under a bridge in Del Rio. As of Friday, Mayorkas reported that all migrants were cleared from the camp.
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