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Gov. Abbott Has Made Immigration Central to His Re-Election Campaign

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who will be re-elected to a third term in November, has positioned himself as the country’s defender against migrants, putting his aggressive stance on unauthorized migration at the heart of his political campaign, though his policies ultimately fail in the fight against migrants. curb the arrival of migrants.

While the federal government enforces immigration laws, Abbott has invested billions in sending state police and National Guardsmen to the border, repurposing state prisons to detain migrants accused of trespassing and setting up checkpoints for trucks from Mexico. , which disrupted international trade.

His Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, has criticized Mr Abbott for staging “stunts” and failing to make meaningful progress in resolving the situation at the border in his years as governor.

Hours before the discovery of the migrant dead, boasted on Twitter of the number of migrants apprehended and criminally charged under what he has called “Operation Lone Star”.

Despite the arrests, more migrants have arrived at the border and have managed to evade detection and enter the country illegally. In March, federal agents registered nearly 129,000 crossings to Texas, about 11,000 more than the same period last year when Mr. Abbott’s operation began.

After news of the dead came out, he blamed President Biden’s policies.

“These deaths are on Biden. They are the result of his deadly open borders policy,” he wrote on Twitter. “They are showing the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”

Mr. Abbott’s approach to fortifying Texas’ 1,254-mile border, building new fences, and threatening an “invasion” to call in war powers helped him fend off the main challengers to his right and has given him a made a permanent fixture on Fox News.

In April, he started paying for buses to transport migrants from Texas to Washington DC and drop them off at the steps of the United States Capitol.

Federal officials expected the lifting of a pandemic-related public health emergency order, under which many migrants have been expelled quickly, could bring thousands of migrants a day to the southern border, which has already seen a wave of illegal border crossings.

The rule, Title 42, was supposed to be lifted in May, but a federal judge ordered it to remain in effect. The Biden administration said it would appeal.

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