Greg Abbott chooses to score political points instead of address the crisis of women and children at our border

Greg Abbott chooses to score political points instead of address the crisis of women and children at our border

Republican candidate for Texas Governor Greg Abbott used humanitarian crisis on the border to call for tougher border enforcementGreg Abbott, Republican candidate for Governor of Texas, yesterday joined Senator Ted Cruz and other republican politicians in trying to use the humanitarian crisis at the border to score political points with his anti-immigrant base.

Instead of showing real leadership and compassion toward the women and children fleeing violence and coming to our borders, he instead chose to use the crisis to call for more border enforcement and blame the Obama administration for causing the crisis, an allegation that has already been debunked by the United Nations, Central American government leaders, and most experts on Central America.

Abbott should be joining the growing call for treating the situation as a regional issue that must be addressed with cooperation between governments and by looking at the root causes of the mass migration, which has been increasing exponentially since at least 2011. He should also be lending his voice to calls to treat these vulnerable women and children with dignity and respect. Instead he chose to portray himself as callous and opportunistic.

Read his statement below.

“Texas is stepping up and doing what the federal government has failed to do – secure the porous border. The Obama Administration's failure to enforce the rule of law has empowered transnational gangs and cartels to smuggle people into our state from around the world -- including members of deadly gangs like MS-13," Abbott said. "The Department of Public Safety will have the tools and resources it needs to curtail illegal smuggling, horrific human trafficking and cartel imported crime. Securing the border will reduce the illegal activity which – in turn – will promote the legitimate trade that helps make Texas the leading exporting state in the country.”

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