Gov. Greg Abbott has focused on border security as a top policy issue since President Joe Biden took office and has made it a central issue in his reelection campaign. While border security is historically a federal responsibility, Abbott has poured nearly $4 billion into Texas border enforcement, bused migrants to Washington and New York City despite opposition from the local leaders, and mobilized Department of Public Safety agents to transport migrants to ports of entry to be taken into federal custody.
The reason? Abbott says Biden is leaving “dangerous gaps” in border security.
In a June 29 news conference regarding the deaths of 53 migrants after they were left in a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Abbott claimed, “President Biden was warned in advance that reduced border enforcement would lead to dire consequences. And we have seen those dire consequences. One is record number of people coming across the border illegally.”
PolitiFact Texas is looking at one component of this claim: whether there is a “record number of people coming across the border illegally.” …
Read the full story at the Austin American-Statesman [for subscribers], and listen to an interview with PolitiFact Texas’ Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.
Radio interview produced by Sean Saldana