As a fourth-generation border resident raising my family in El Paso, I believe Texas should be THE leader on addressing immigration. No state has more to gain or lose.
Instead of ensuring Texas leads on this issue, Greg Abbott has created chaos and confusion at the border. He disrupted the lives of border communities and sent 10,000 Texas National Guard members to the border to serve as the backdrop for his photo ops, taking them away from their jobs and families while slashing their earned benefits, delaying their pay, and forcing them to live in terrible conditions. Under these circumstances, four Texas Guard troops on the governor’s border mission have tragically taken their own lives in recent months.
I will never use border communities or law enforcement as a political prop.
As governor, I will never use border communities or law enforcement as a political prop. Instead, I will work with Texans — regardless of party — to develop the immigration and border security reforms that will allow us to have a legal, orderly system of immigration and uphold our country’s asylum laws. I will work with our state Congressional delegation and national partners to pursue long-lasting solutions that benefit the Texas economy, encourage more job creation, and guarantee the security that we should expect at our international border.