Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says Gov. Greg Abbott has found a way to ‘stop the trade’ along the Texas border as part of his plan to rebuke immigration policies Biden administration.
“The governor understood that we could stop trade along the border, slow it down, and that will create pressure on Mexico and some of their governors to come to a deal to help us keep the borders secure.” , Paxton told Fox News. Mornings with Maria Friday.
Last week, in response to the Biden administration’s plan to end Title 42, Abbott ordered the state Department of Public Safety to inspect every commercial truck for illegal drugs and immigrants. on the four international bridges that connect the United States and Mexico.
Title 42 was implemented in March 2020 as a preventative health measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, but Republicans have argued that the rule, which allows immigration officials to refuse applicants for asylum, should remain in place after the pandemic.
Abbott’s inspections shut down some of the busiest trade routes despite US Customs and Border Protection calling the stops “unnecessary” because the agency conducts its own trade inspections. Trade groups have also warned that his latest order could lead to shelf shortages and even higher prices.
But the governor doesn’t seem fazed by those objections as pressure on trade bridges has already scored three deals between Abbott and Mexican governors, who have promised to bolster security on the Mexican side of the border in exchange for halting inspections. state troopers.
On Friday, Paxton called him the governor’s “genius.”
“It’s effective because you’re hitting the Mexican government in their wallet, and nobody wants that, and so I think they’re ready to say ‘OK, we’ll help you’, given that we’re going to lose money. ‘money,’ he said.
“He’s doing what the Biden administration won’t do, which is protect the citizens of Texas, protect the citizens of this country from drugs and human trafficking,” he added. .
However, some have warned that this may not be a solution to the problem described by Abbott, especially if the cartels start bribing Mexican police to let them through the bridge.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Abbott for his gubernatorial seat, criticized his opponent for driving up commodity costs and drying up supplies by clogging up trade routes.
“Abbott is making us pay the price for his chaos. His inflation, rising grocery prices and supply chain issues are hurting the people of Texas,” O’Rourke tweeted on Friday.
Abbott, who is up for re-election this year, has also tried to hit the Biden administration by sending busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C. — using taxpayer money — so the White House “can respond more immediately to needs.” of the people they allow to cross our border.”
“Texas should not have to bear the brunt of the Biden administration’s failure to secure our border,” Abbott said in a statement.
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.