Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) described the situation at America’s southern border as an “invasion” after a recent visit to McAllen, Texas.
Speaking on The Glenn Beck Program with guest host Dana Loesch, Gohmert said the border patrol facility in McAllen has between 1,000 and 1,200 people, which far exceeds its capacity, and the conditions are absolutely “terrible.”
“As one border patrolman said, ‘I would be livid, I would be ballistic, if my child were in this situation,’” Gohmert remarked. “But the border patrol’s hands are tied because the law says Health and Human Services has to take them, and they’re not picking them up.”
Officials estimate roughly 60,000 unaccompanied children will illegally enter the United States this year, up from roughly 6,000 in 2011. The recent flood of illegals has created what President Obama has labeled an “urgent humanitarian situation.”
“We’re a passionate society, we care, but you have to enforce the law,” Gohmert pleaded. “You have this huge surge of people coming to the American border. You’ve got border patrol and ICE whose hands are tied up … and in the meantime, it makes easy for the drug cartels to get even more drugs across.”
Gohmert said “we are under invasion, and this president will not protect our country, and he will not step in and enforce the law as it is.”
“There should not be any new immigration bill until the president enforces the law,” Gohmert concluded, “and our Department of Injustice [sic] begins to be a Department of Justice.”
Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott also spoke with Loesch about the issue, focusing on the danger of having an open border and the cost it poses to the state.
“You need to understand that [the] pictures that are captured by the media [are the pictures] they want you to see. There are other pictures of other people coming across the border, such as members of MS-13,” Abbott remarked. “This is very dangerous in the long-term, which is why Texas has stopped waiting for Washington to step up and do its job, and why Texas has begun the process of securing our border.”
Abbott continued: “Texas has sent down the Texas Department of Public Safety to engage in what’s called a surge operation that will last the remainder of this year. This is nothing new for the Department of Public Safety — I was involved with them when they did their last surge last fall. When they put boots on the ground, they put airplanes and helicopters in the air, boats on the water, they are able to vastly improve border security and vastly decrease the amount of illegal cross-border activity.”
But Abbott says the state of Texas does not have the resources to secure the border on its own.
“Fortunately there are people who are big-hearted in Texas and in the Rio Grande Valley who are stepping up to help out,” he remarked. “But on a long-term basis, we don’t have the ability to deal with this and to pay for it, which is why, already, I sent a letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding that they go ahead and compensate Texas for all of our out-of-pocket costs. Right now, demanding only $30 million, but it’s going to be far more than that. That’s a drop in the bucket of what it’s going to cost.”
Abbott says there are also humanitarian costs associated with the administration’s failure to secure the border. Many of the refugees arrived with the assistance of drug cartels, and Abbott said the cartels are doing “horrendous things” to those in their power.
“Barack Obama must secure our border,” Abbott said.
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