President Biden’s “open border policies” are not only inviting more illegal immigration to the U.S. but also enriching and empowering drug cartels in Mexico who profit from smuggling migrants across the border, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday.
Abbott told “Sunday Morning Futures” anchor Maria Bartiromo that he went to the border last week and met with border patrol officers who said that they warned the Biden administration that its new border policies would lead to a “massive surge” in illegal immigration. He said that officers believe the number of migrants arriving at the border will only increase in the coming months.
But the Republican governor emphasized that it’s not just the number of migrants that present a challenge to the state and overall humanitarian crisis.
“The Border Patrol officers told me that the Biden administration and policies, they are enriching, they are empowering the drug cartels in Mexico who make money off of the people that they assist in smuggling into the state of Texas,” Abbott said.
“The cartels make money off of these migrants that you and your viewers see on TV,” he told Bartiromo.
Abbott also said border officers told him that there have already been about 110,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector this year, surpassing the 90,000 total in the sector from last year.