TX Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R-TX) stated Saturday on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that that state will “keep those buses coming” as long as the southern border remains unsecured.
“I'm serious about this. The legislators are serious about this. The people of Texas are serious about it,” Patrick began. “The other thing I'd want to do, we're spending, by the way, to put this in perspective to all these whiny babies up in these blue states, ‘Oh, this is such a crisis.' We normally spend $400 million a year on border security.”
“We're spending over $4 billion of Texas taxpayer money, money we could spend on health care, on education, on more roads, whatever it might be, $4 billion a year. We have our National Guard there on the border,” the Texan explained, adding, “This is a financial burden on us. But most importantly, it's an invasion of our state.”
State and local officials across the Lone Star State have begun to use the language of invasion in an effort to not only call it what it is, but also set the legal foundations for additional action by law enforcement to secure the border, per the Texas Tribune.
Just this past week, two more Texas counties, Wharton and Burnet counties, called for “additional measures to secure the border, stop the invasion at the border, and protect our communities.” They join 27 other Texas counties that have released similar resolutions, according to The Center Square.
Texas itself has spent billions of dollars attempting to fill the void left by the Biden administration via Operation Lone Star which utilized state national guard troops to patrol the Rio Grande.
“I've said it for a long time, I'm not shy about the word. But we have to do this the right way. But I will also propose that since we're spending so much money, I'd like to hire every Border Patrol agent on the border,” he continued in the interview on Fox News, adding, “Every one of them. There's about 8,000.”
“We can afford to do it, hire them and make a new state border guard so that Joe Biden doesn't have one person left,” stated the Lieutenant Governor.” And by the way, the Border Patrol agents are heroes in my book. They hate working for this guy. I think they love working for Texas.”
“I've always asked this question and on this show before, exactly what is Biden's answer when we say, where do these people go? Where do they actually go?” Patrick asked, adding, “How do they live? Do they move in with somebody? We can't put a 15-year-old in the fourth grade if they're two or three grade levels behind.”
“Where do they get their health care services or emergency rooms? What do they do for working? They don't have a legal permit,” he explained. “So they've been dumping people in America for a long time, a long time. And now Texas is saying, we're fighting back. “
“We're going to send them to your neighborhood and we're going to keep those buses coming until finally this administration wakes up,” he said, concluding, “And, we'll pass legislation next session that will hopefully get us to the Supreme Court, where this Supreme Court can rule that Texas and everyone else has a right to protect their citizens, and then we can do it.”
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has sent thousands of migrants across the country, all of which is voluntary, to force a conversation on the invasion at the border. So far, migrants have been sent to Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, and even Kamala Harris' home by the Texas governor. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has also joined in on the effort with his recent flights to Martha's Vineyard this past week.
Perhaps now that Democrats are having to face the problem head-on, they'll stop ignoring the issue and the Texans along the border can finally get some much-needed relief.
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