Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sunday revealed that Texas was arresting and jailing illegal immigrants in response to the border crisis.
“[W]hat Texas is doing — we’re not playing games anymore,” Abbott advised. “I deployed The National Guard, as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety, and we have a new program in place because the Biden administration plan is to catch and release.”
He added, “The Texas plan is to catch and to jail. So, we are arresting and jailing. The program has already begun.”
Abbott also emphasized this is not a one time response, but will be an ongoing part of the state’s effort to fight the border crisis.
“We are arresting people every single day, and we’re arresting fortress pass. When you come across the river, you’re typically coming into private property or county property or state property. You are trespassing,” Abbott said.
The governor also tweeted on Sunday, “Biden opened the floodgates on our southern border. Texas is stopping it.”
Biden opened the floodgates on our southern border. Texas is stopping it.
No more catch & release. pic.twitter.com/91TJX53bGq
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 25, 2021
The response provides a strong contrast to President Joe Biden. The president’s immigration policy changes have already led to more than one million illegal immigrants crossing the southern border in 2021.