The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbottâ€™s request to declare a federal emergency in the state over the ongoing border crisis, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday.
Abbott appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agencyâ€™s (FEMA) decision to deny the state emergency protective measures that would allow it access to federal assistance on Oct. 7,Â accordingÂ to documents obtained by the DCNF. The agency maintained that Texas would not receive federal assistance in Val Verde County, whereÂ thousands of Haitian migrantsÂ arrived in Del Rio and overwhelmed border officials in late September.
â€œAfter a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event,â€ FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said in a letter to Abbott. â€œTherefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied.â€
The Biden Administration is AWOL at the southern border.
Texas has thousands of National Guard & @TxDPS officers, including Texas Rangers, deployed to secure the border.
The Lone Star State stopped the surge of illegal immigrants in Del Rio & we're prepared to do it again. pic.twitter.com/zmrHJ8HNIO
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 25, 2021
FEMA initially denied Abbottâ€™s request for federal aid on Sept. 29, about a week after thousands of migrants set up a temporary encampment under the Del Rio international bridge hoping for a chance to file an asylum claim in southern Texas,Â Fox NewsÂ reported. Border officialsÂ encounteredÂ more than 1.7 million migrants in the fiscal year 2021, with a majority of the apprehensions occurring in Texasâ€™ Rio Grande Valley,Â accordingÂ to Customs and Border Protection data.
â€œThe denial of Governor Abbottâ€™s FEMA request is not only a denial of reality, but a firm statement by the federal government that it is abandoning the people and the state of Texas,â€ Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy told the DCNF. â€œBiden and Mayorkas do not care about Texans, any other American, or the migrants being harmed by this crisis, and they are committing impeachable offenses by failing to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.â€
â€œStates â€” border or otherwise â€” are left with no choice but to step up even more to protect their own borders and their own citizens due to Bidenâ€™s purposeful refusal to protect our nation,â€ Roy added. â€œThe law, the Constitution, and the natural rights of man support aggressive action by Texans to stand firm against the chaos of this crisis.â€
Abbott initially requested aid from the Biden administration immediately after the migrants arrived in Del Rio, Texas, and sent hundreds of state law enforcement officials to aid federal agents,Â accordingÂ to the governorâ€™s office. The governor blamed the Biden administrationâ€™s policies for causing the border crisis and failing to secure the southern border.
Neither Abbott nor FEMA responded to the DCNFâ€™s request for comment.
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