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Officials from Texas counties bordering the southern border issued a series emergency declarations Tuesday in recognition of the increasing number of migrants living in their communities, despite the lackluster support of the federal government.
Numerous county judges asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was asked by several county judges to increase resources to combat illegal immigration at the U.S. Mexico border. He also requested to address the crime and quality-of-life issues that border cities face.
The declarations recognized an “invasion” by illegal immigrants flooding into communities, despite the fact that local authorities lack the resources or capacity to respond.
Kinney County Judge Tully Shahan stated to reporters in Bracketville that “We want America know this is real.” “The Biden administration will not do anything about it. They could end this thing right now. They could stop it right away. They don’t have the courage.”
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According to officials, unprecedented illegal immigration has caused property damage, vehicle theft, gun violence, and other problems. This is despite the fact that many of the countries are rural and have a small population.
“In my neighborhood, we have less that 1,000 residents. Dale Lynn Carruthers is the Terrell County judge. He said that every day, thousands of residents live in fear. “We are doing our best with the resources we have. Terrell County has the least to offer… but we have a lot of border coverage.”
Others discussed migrants crossing school campuses and putting lives at risk trying to flee U.S. Border Patrol agents, local and state officials.
Kinney County law enforcement found more than 4,000 migrants that were not caught by Border Patrol agents in May, according to a press release. Officials stated that there were 67 attempts at smuggling along county roads during June.
Mike Bennett, Goliad county judge, said that the county has two stoplights. Bennett also stated that there is a sheriff’s station with two deputies who are on duty at any time.
“This is not an area where we are helping migrants cross the border. Many are being killed along the way, he stated. “There has been a lot more carnage in their wake.”
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Bennett stated, “Clearly it’s the responsibility for the United States government that this be done and clearly they’re going to not do a thing.”
With migrant numbers hitting historic levels, and with more than 239,000 migrant encounters in May alone, there has been considerable talk in conservative circles about the merits of declaring the crisis an “invasion” – which could open up a number of potential legal avenues for states.
Fox News Digital previously heard Ken Cuccinelli, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, say that the Texas counties’ move was significant. He should now be putting more pressure on Abbott for making the declaration.
“The key to this is that you’ve received the first legal ruling stating that the situation at the southern border is an invasion. One, that’s obviously very significant, and two it’s going to – as it should – put enormous pressure on Governor Abbott to adopt that position themselves and to respond accordingly.”
Adam Shaw from Fox News contributed to this report.
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