Abbott reports he’s ‘heard nothing’ from White House regarding border issues

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By Carina

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has recently expressed frustration over the lack of response from the White House to his numerous communications regarding the border crisis. 

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Abbott disclosed his attempts to engage with the Biden administration, detailing his direct outreach efforts.

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Abbott’s outreach and White House silence

The Republican governor revealed that he has sent eight letters to the Biden administration, including President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, outlining possible solutions to the border crisis. 

“I provided eight letters to the Biden administration, which includes the president and to [Homeland Security Secretary] Mayorkas,” Abbott stated. 

He also mentioned personally handing a letter to both President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas during their visit to El Paso, Texas. In these letters, Abbott outlined five steps that could effectively address the crisis at the border. 

Despite these efforts, Abbott noted, “Shannon, in response to all eight of those letters, I’ve heard absolutely nothing from the Biden administration.”

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Abbott’s measures against immigration and federal lawsuit

This lack of communication from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security comes as Abbott continues his vocal criticism of the federal government’s handling of the migrant influx at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In response to what he perceives as inaction from the federal government, Governor Abbott has taken several steps within Texas. 

These include sending buses and flights of migrants to Democratic-led cities, allocating more funds for border wall construction, and enacting new immigration and border security laws in Texas.

The most recent legislative action, Senate Bill 4 (S.B. 4), was passed last month and is set to take effect on March 5. 

Texas immigration law faces legal challenge from DOJ

This law allows Texas law enforcement officers to arrest individuals suspected of illegally entering the country. 

Those arrested must choose between agreeing to leave the U.S. or facing misdemeanor charges. 

However, the Department of Justice has challenged this law, filing a lawsuit against Texas and arguing that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit highlights the longstanding principle that federal immigration laws supersede state laws. 

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Abbott’s counterarguments and City Leaders’ reactions

The federal government, through this action, reiterates its primary role in regulating immigration and controlling international borders.

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Governor Abbott, on his part, contends that the usual federal preeminence in immigration matters does not apply because, in his view, the federal government is “refusing to enforce the laws passed by Congress.

”He did not specify which specific laws he was referring to in his claim.

Abbott’s decision to send migrants to sanctuary cities has sparked controversy, with leaders like New York City Mayor Eric Adams criticizing the move. 

Legal tensions over migrant transportation

Adams recently filed a lawsuit against several Texas charter companies for transporting migrants to New York City. 

In response, Abbott suggested that Mayor Adams should instead focus his legal actions against President Biden and his administration. 

“But if the mayor really is trying to cut down on the number of illegal immigrants coming into New York, he needs to be suing Joe Biden, not these bus companies because it’s Joe Biden and Joe Biden’s policies,” Abbott told Bream.

State vs. Federal dynamics in U.S. Immigration policy

This ongoing conflict reflects a more extensive debate about state versus federal roles in immigration enforcement and the political and humanitarian complexities surrounding the border crisis. 

As tensions rise, the actions of Texas and the response from the Biden administration continue to be closely watched, with broader implications for immigration policy and state-federal relations in the United States.

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