Fact-checking Greg Abbott’s claims that Biden has ‘open border’ policies

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio interview produced by Alexandra HartApril 27, 2022 4:00 pm,

From PolitiFact:

In response to President Joe Biden’s decision to lift a Trump-era policy that reduced the number of migrants entering the U.S., Gov. Greg Abbott recently launched new initiatives that he said would address border security.

The federal policy, Title 42, allows U.S. border agents to expel immigrants arriving at the border, including asylum seekers, to Mexico and other countries to slow the spread of coronavirus. It’s set to end on May 23. But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Friday to challenge the plan to end Title 42.

From March 2020 to February 2022, 1.7 million expulsions have been carried out under Title 42, with 1.2 million of them occurring under the Biden administration, according to a Migration Policy Institute report on government data.

Abbott said in an April 6 press conference that county and city officials told him, “they are angry and upset about all of the catastrophes caused by the Biden open-border policies. And they are urgently asking for action obviously from the state of Texas, but they know that it’s the Biden administration that caused this open-border problem.”

Abbott went on to say cities and counties expect the Biden administration to fix the “open-border problem that they caused.”

But what does Abbott mean by “open border,” and is the border really “open” under Biden?…

Read the full story for more analysis about Abbott’s claim at PolitiFact, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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