Texas officials are perplexed at the feds’ new plan to slash border monitoring.
Julian Aguilar of The Texas Tribune reported Monday that Governor Greg Abott and Laredo Democrat Henry Cuellar questioned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on 2/1 to explain why the agency announced plans to reduce aerial surveillance of the Mexican border.
The cuts would amount to 50 percent less coverage than normal according to this letter sent to the DHS secretary.
“Given the recent surge of migrants from Central America and Cuba along the southern border, we believe DHS should request more surveillance and security resources, not fewer,” Governor Abbott said in the letter.
Abbott’s office reportedly asked DHS officials for more resources but never heard back.
The decision to cut down on border surveillance comes at an inopportune and odd time as new reports emerge on a surge in the number of illegals flooding into the United States via the Rio Grande.
From October to December of 2015, about 10,560 unaccompanied minors entered Texas illegally through the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. Border Patrol. That marks a 115 percent increase over the same time frame in 2014. The amount of family units, defined as at least one child and adult guardian or parent, has increased by 170 percent to 14,336 in the Rio Grande Valley. Source
Evidence suggests that the recent surge in Cuban illegals stems from the feds’ decision to re-establish ties with the nation:
The surge came after the Obama administration announced in 2014 its plans to re-establish ties with Cuba, leaving many Cubans fearing they will lose a special designation that allows them to apply for legal residency status, or a “green card,” after living in the country for a year. Cuellar and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, have called for the repeal of that designation. Source
Despite open border policies causing mass destabilization in Europe, the Obama Administration seems poised to flood the country with dependents who will help grow the welfare state and pledge their loyalty to Democrats in the federal government.