According to Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), one of Congress’ biggest issues to address is the immigration situation at the southern border.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that the border-state is dedicating nearly $1 billion to “help secure our border” — a job he says should be the federal government’s “but Texas is stepping up to help out.”
The funds will go to the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to help Border Patrol officials at the southern border.
“There’s a lot more that must be done, but we will not solve the border crisis until Congress finally steps up and passes immigration reform and fully funds border security,” the Texas governor declared.
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Texas is dedicating almost a billion dollars to help secure the border.
We’re funding the National Guard & Department of Public Safety to help Border Patrol.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 17, 2019
Since the U.S. southern border is seeing a massive influx of migrants trying to cross illegally, border law enforcement has become overwhelmed. In early May, the president requested supplemental funding from Congress, including $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance — and the Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Wednesday $4.59 billion in response, leading to a possible vote in the Senate before July 4 recess, as The Hill reported.
However, if Congress doesn’t act, as House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed out on Wednesday, the Health and Human Services is “literally days away from running out of money,” as IJR Red reported.
Crenshaw, who is the freshman representative from Texas’ 2nd district, responded to the Texas governor’s announcement, declaring, “Congress should be doing its job so that TX doesn’t have to.”
Pointing to the “essential element” of “maintaining our sovereignty,” the Republican lawmaker clocked some of his colleagues who “don’t think it’s necessary.”
“Addressing this problem is a choice, and Dems have made the choice not to solve it,” Crenshaw added.
Congress should be doing its job so that TX doesn’t have to.
Securing the border is an essential element of maintaining our sovereignty, but some of my colleagues don’t think it’s necessary.
Addressing this problem is a choice, and Dems have made the choice not to solve it. https://t.co/C5AceKy5DJ
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) June 19, 2019
The Texas representative has been vocal about his push to work on a solution to the southern border crisis, previously telling IJR that he’s “somebody who recognizes a very obvious problem and when there are very obvious solutions to that problem” and he thinks “we should loudly advocate for that.”
Tossing his support behind Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) immigration proposal — which includes changing the Flores Settlement Agreement, adding more judges, and allowing Central American migrants to apply for asylum in their home country — Crenshaw made it clear that fixing the asylum laws is the “most immediate issue.”
As for the continued feud between the president and Democratic leaders over the border situation, Crenshaw told IJR, “Some Democrats simply do not care, some simply want more illegal immigrants here. […] it almost seems at this point that their real goal is open borders and complete free flow of immigration.”
Graham, who is looking for an immigration solution, recently told Fox News that there has been a start to a discussion on bipartisan agreement on immigration between him and a Democratic lawmaker, as IJR Red previously reported.