Texas Governor Greg Abbott last weekend discussed his state’s efforts to combat the ongoing crisis at the border and warned that President Biden’s immigration policies are an “existential threat” to US national security, Fox News reported.
While appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Abbott cited the increased number of Chinese Nationals the Border Patrol has encountered, describing the trend as “extraordinarily dangerous” to national security.
Abbott also told host Maria Bartiromo that he would be signing into law legislation that would authorize Texas police to arrest those entering the country illegally and vowed that he would go all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that his state’s efforts to secure the southern border remain in place.
Saying the president has done nothing about the border crisis, Abbott explained that Texas had to “step up and apprehend” as many illegals as possible to ensure that they could not pose a threat to the country.
According to a report from Customs and Border Protection, in the fiscal year that ended on September 30, 52,700 Chinese nationals were encountered at US borders nationwide. Of those 12,812 were encountered at the border between Mexico and Texas.
The number of Chinese nationals encountered in FY2023 was a significant increase from the previous fiscal year when only 27,756 Chinese nationals were encountered at US borders nationwide. In FY2021, 23,471 Chinese nationals were encountered.
In the first month of FY2024, which began on October 1, Customs and Border Protection reported 7,166 Chinese nationals were encountered at the border, the second-highest recorded in a single month behind September 2023 when 7,271 Chinese nationals were encountered.
According to the governor, the new law would make it against state law to enter the state of Texas illegally from another country and would give every police officer in the state the authority to arrest them.