Tensions are mounting between Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Biden administration as Abbott plans to cease the operation of centers holding 4,500 illicit alien children and visit the border with former President Donald Trump.
Abbott has been candid about what he calls Biden’s “disastrous” border policies and penned a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra slamming the federal regime’s reliance on the state.
“The federal regime must solve the federal quandary caused by the Biden administration’s disastrous open-border policies,” Abbott inscribed. “Texas will not be commandeered into federal regime accommodation.”
Politico reported that Abbot will revoke the licenses of shelters for illicit alien children beginning on August 31 — “a move that threatens to upend the refugee resettlement effort and has left federal health officials threatening to sue.”
The outlet further noted that several other states with Republican governors are declining to avail the federal regime house illicit alien children. According to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, the total number of illicit alien children relinquished to sponsors across the United States between October 2020 and May 2021 numbered 44,265. That compares to 16,837 relinquished between October 2019 and September 2020.
But Texas’s order represents the most drastic attempt by a state to decouple itself from a long-running federal program that relies on state-licensed organizations to shelter migrant children until they can be placed with guardians. HHS has accused Abbott of launching a “direct attack” on the administration’s effort to care for record numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border and said it’s consulting with the Justice Department on necessary legal action.
Under “Abbott’s” plan, 52 shelters across the state would be coerced to halt care for unaccompanied minors or be divested of the licenses currently needed to remain open. That would leave more than a quarter of the nation’s entire population of migrant kids without anywhere to stay. Texas hasn’t offered any housing alternatives, with Abbott insisting that it’s HHS’ responsibility.
He has also vowed to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, boasting earlier this month that Texas is “doing more than any other state has ever done to respond to these challenges along the border.”
Abbott has yet to respond to questions HHS Deputy General Counsel Paul Rodriguez sent to him and other Texas officials about the governor’s order, the outlet noted. “We are exploring our options, for the sake of forfending the safety and salubrity of unaccompanied children at licensed facilities in Texas,” an agency spokesperson verbally expressed in the report.
The Texas governor has reproved the conditions under which the Biden administration is housing unaccompanied alien children, calling one shelter “a health and safety nightmare.” “The federal regime cannot force a state to do the federal government’s job,” Abbott inscribed in the letter to Becerra.
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