“Right now, I’m at the CBP station in Edinburg; just got a briefing from the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Crenshaw said. “And look, here’s going to be the big takeaway from today and everything we’ve put out about what’s going on on the border: The situation is completely unstable. That’s the takeaway.”
Crenshaw added that the state of Texas has been forced to pick up the bill for the federal government’s lack of enforcement at the border.
“The state of Texas has to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to take up the slack,” Crenshaw said. “Texas has to fund Operation Drawbridge. They’ve got to fund an operation to secure Texas, which means, in practical terms, they’ve got to fund camera systems; they’ve got to fund the personnel and the officers to go try to catch drug traffickers that are getting through because CBP is dealing with 100 migrant families at a time. Why?
Because the Biden administration basically decided that they don’t really want to enforce the law anymore, and that creates a backend for more and more people to come across. Why? Because they get a bus ticket, and they get to go wherever they want even if they have a positive drug test. We’re going to get to the bottom of this.”
“The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that Operation Drawbridge — the law enforcement initiative using motion-detection camera system along the Texas-Mexico border — was responsible for more than 29,300 apprehensions and 88,400 pounds of drugs being seized in 2014,” Crenshaw continued.
“Spent the whole morning with the Texas Department of Public Safety,” Crenshaw said. “The reason I did that this morning was because I wanted to demonstrate how much work Texas has to do, how much Texas has to foot the bill for the crisis we have at the border so often.”
“There’s a reason for that, and this is sort of how it works,” Crenshaw continued. “When Border Patrol gets overwhelmed with migrants, especially migrant families and unaccompanied children just turning themselves in because they know they’ll get released into the interior, what happens is there’s huge swaths of territory that’s just left unchecked.
The Border Patrol cannot control the border, so you need to rely on state authorities to do that. That’s why we were just out in the boat on the maritime unit; we were out in the helicopter and the aviation unit. Texas invests a lot of money in this, hundreds of millions of dollars a year to help out, and they’ve got a great working relationship with Border Patrol.”