Abbott calls current border situation ‘worst that I have ever seen’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) claimed on Sunday that the current situation at the border was the worst he has ever seen.

“Texas is doing everything we possibly can to contain a completely out-of-control border situation. This is the worst that I have ever seen it,” Abbott said during an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”

“I will tell you this, something else has never happened before, and that is the Texas National Guard, they have turned back more than 15,000 people who attempted to come across the border illegally,” Abbott also said on Sunday, citing other actions Texas has taken at the border, including negotiating deals with Mexican states and creating its own border wall. 

More than 125,000 people were detained at U.S. land, sea and air borders in Texas in March, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on nationwide encounters.

Earlier this month, Abbott garnered attention when he sent a bus carrying migrants from Texas to Washington, D.C.

The governor said that the migrants had been voluntarily sent to D.C. so the Biden administration could “immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border.”

Before that, the Biden administration had announced its decision to rescind Title 42, the Trump-era policy that allowed for the prompt expulsion of migrants at the border and blocked them from claiming asylum. That policy will end on May 23.

Now, more than 20 states have filed a temporary restraining order in an effort to prevent the administration from lifting the ban.

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