September 22 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially declared an invasion at the southern border of this country on Wednesday night and said he would respond by building a wall with razor wire and marine barriers.
The state will also turn away migrants trying to cross into the country.
Abbott has taken these steps, he said, because of President Joe Biden’s policies.
Last November, Abbott sent a letter to the White House asking the federal government to protect the country from invasion. The letter said, “Texans are paying the price for your failure. Ranches are being ripped apart, and homes are vulnerable to intrusion. Our border communities are regularly disrupted by human traffickers and bailouts. Deadly fentanyl is crossing the porous border to such a degree that it is now the leading cause of death for citizens between the ages of 18 and 45.”
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This is a major problem developing in Texas.”
In just one area at the Texas border, 9,000 people crossed over yesterday.
Barkdoll said, “The reporting is that there are more people coming. A lot of these people are from Central America, South America, Venezuela, Colombia. I mean, they’re from really far south, working their way up through Mexico and crossing that border. It’s not clear why the last week or so this problem seems like it has amplified and credibility. It seems like the border crossings had somewhat slowed down in the summer, but now the last two weeks, it’s worse than ever.”
Reporting has shown people on the streets in Texas are saying it’s absolute chaos.
Barkdoll noted, “Those small towns and communities are completely overwhelmed by this problem. There’s nowhere to put anyone. There is no room at the inn, so to speak, and they’re reporting that there’s trying to move some of them around to different parts of Texas and other states. But what’s the solution here? Congress has left for the weekend. The president’s completely disengaged on this and in the meantime, those Texas communities and our country in general is really starting to pay the price for this.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The smart strategy of shipping some of these migrants, illegal aliens up to blue sanctuary cities and states, was brilliant because it’s making people face the problem that the border states have already been inundated with, and start raising their voices and protests. Of course, what does the government do though? They double down, make things worse. They just gave nearly 500,000 Venezuelans who arrived as of July 31, temporary protected status, which means they can get work permits. Well, what do you think that’s going to do? Can you imagine the magnet drawl now? Now that people are getting the word, you can come to the United States and you can start working, living the American dream. You don’t have to do anything. Just arrive, get in there and they give you a ticket to come back at some point and most of them won’t. And we’re going to let you work. Of course, the governors and the mayors of those cities and states to where those migrants are being sent, they’re the ones demanding this.”
In the last few years, an average of about 100,000 illegal crossings a month have been reported.
Barkdoll said, “I like to put that in sport’s stadium analogies. That’s roughly a Beaver Stadium crowd every month that had been crossing. If this reporting from yesterday is accurate, so 9000 just at that one passage, they’re thinking in the aggregate, maybe tens of thousands of people just yesterday. Well, if those numbers would hold true on a monthly average, we’re now looking at hundreds of thousands of illegal crossings per month. There is no way the state of Texas and the United States in general can keep doing this. Think about all of the ancillary issues that this creates.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM urged, “This is important. This is very important. Please listen to Mr. Barkdoll on this, because if you’re thinking oh, it doesn’t affect me. I don’t see it in downtown Hagerstown. I don’t see it in Fulton County, take a good hard listen. I know exactly where you’re going on this.”
Barkdoll continued, “Where this goes is all of the pressure this creates on states and communities eventually around the country. These people have to have housing. They need to have medical care. Most states require constitutionally schooling for anyone who’s in the state, even if they’re there illegally. So you think about hundreds of thousands of new people a month, just spilling into the country. There’s no way that these states and communities can keep accommodating this level of activity.”
Jansen said, “I love how these governors and mayors are saying, they’re here and they’re not working and it’s causing so many problems. Give them temporary status, give them work permits so they can work. What? What? And compete with all the Americans who are trying to get these jobs, too? And they actually are lax, making lax the requirements, they’re letting migrant children into schools without vaccines, despite the fact that they’re so hard on American citizens for being vaccinated. We’re getting free health care. What do you think that’s going to do in health care? Most hospitals are in crisis right now trying to deal with everybody that comes into the emergency rooms. What do you think it’s going to do to insurance rates? We have accidents with people who don’t have driver’s licenses. I think that the number of people we’re talking about is maybe 15 million under the Biden administration. That’s absurd.”
Ryan asked, “What do I do? Do I call Bob Casey? Do I call John Joyce? Do I call Shelley Moore Capito? Do I call David Trone? And say hey, what are you doing about this?”
Barkdoll said, “That’s certainly a start. Look, there is no question, a lot of this problem is at the feet of the president, no doubt about it. But I blame Congress, too. I mean, here we are. What are they doing? You don’t see any proposals being passed. They’ve talked about immigration reform for years, immigration reform, and they’ve really done nothing. Now they’re out for the whole weekend. The government’s probably going to shut down late next week, which will further amplify this problem at the southern border. It just seems like no one’s doing anything about it. Making calls, sending emails to those offices, that’s a start. It would help, but I’m still not sure where any of this goes. What’s anyone in the government going to do about it?”
Ryan pointed out, “They are borrowing your kid’s future and handing it over in guns, ammo and death to Ukraine, $325 million. Their border is more important. Your border is compromised and the DC dolts do nothing.”
Barkdoll wondered, “I think this is becoming a larger, nonpartisan, bipartisan issue. Look at the comments from the last few weeks from Mayor Adams in New York City, the governor of Connecticut. These are fairly liberal Democrat officials and even some in California, they are now ringing the alarm bell. We can’t accommodate this influx of people. They’ve run out of housing. They have no more space in their schools. New York City alone has already spent a couple of $100 million, if not more, on this specific issue. The mayor is saying we can’t do this anymore. So again, for a long time, I think there was kind of this Republican/Democrat divide on this issue. But more and more I think everyone across the aisle, across the spectrum is recognizing this is a problem.”
Jansen added, “But the Democrats will not blame the real problem. You don’t hear the mayor of New York saying, oh, let’s close and secure the border more. He’s not saying that. He’s blaming the governor of Texas for sending these people there. He’s saying give us more money, give them work permits. Can we please start acknowledging that this president and the administration and the Democrats are failing? This open border policy is causing pain for everybody, including the migrants. We’re not blaming them. They can’t keep putting all these people in the lifeboat and let it sink, which is what Democrats seem determined to do because they won’t change these policies.”
Ryan said, “And the RINOs that go along with it as well. You got the Uni-party and the go alongs to get alongs. These lazy lawmakers on both sides that can’t wait to sell you right out. Here’s the other thing. Donald Trump is saying I’m promising the most massive deportation program ever to hit America if he’s elected president.”
Barkdoll said, “From a practical standpoint, how do you do it? I mean, you would need a massive fleet of buses or airplanes and personnel on the ground that the US does not have to orchestrate a program like that. Even though I think putting that out there politically is popular. I don’t know practically how you do it. When these discussions come up, I always like to remind people, remember Trump’s first two years in office, the Republicans had super control of the House and the Senate. They didn’t do a thing about this issue, even though they all campaigned on it. Wait until we take control, we’re going to clean up immigration in America. They did nothing. They all just point the fingers at each other. Now to Trump’s credit, he did a lot of executive action that kept this issue at bay anyway, but we’ve still never created a long term solution which has to come from Congress as well.”