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Governor Greg Abbott worries about border children after years of ignoring border children

In addition to adopting a white supremacist falsely accusing asylum seekers of COVID-19 superspreading, Mother Jones also reports that Abbott is responding to unaccompanied children entering the US in search of safety and protection by taking 1,000 officers to the border dispatch, including Texas Rangers. “Abbott said these interviews would identify victims of human trafficking, but Melissa Lopez, an attorney for Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services in El Paso, questioned the timing of Operation Lonestar, ”the report said.

“I think it is very hypocritical for Governor Abbott to suddenly be concerned about the humanitarian situation at the border,” Lopez said, according to the report, noting his lack of concern before noon on January 20, 2021. “At no point has this been Case.” there is always concern for their safety, for their dignity. And suddenly there is a “border crisis” and we need to be concerned and we will start investigating human trafficking as if human trafficking was something new. “

KSAT reports that Abbott falsely alleged this in recent remarks “President Biden’s ruthless open border policy has sparked a humanitarian crisis,” which enriches cartels, smugglers and human traffickers, who often persecute and abuse unaccompanied minors. ”

Some fact-checking: The reality is that the Title 42 policy enforced by Stephen Miller, which the Biden government has urged to end, is still blocking adult asylum seekers. Human rights activists also condemned Remain in Mexico as politics “A kidnapped asylum seeker forced to Mexico said: “One of his kidnappers told him the cartel had ended, ”Human Rights Watch said last year. “With so many deported here by the United States, we’re arresting them, and that meant more work,” Human Rights Watch said, after his kidnapper told him. “We are full.” Biden has since begun to abolish this policy. But Abbott wasn’t so worried during its duration, was it?

Mother Jones also shares the troubling, anti-Mexican history of the Texas Rangers. Tim Murphy wrote that last year “[t]The Texas Rangers were vicious enforcers of white power at the beginning of the 20th centuryinstigated a reign of terror in which between 300 and several thousand Mexican nationals and Mexican Americans were killed. “Murphy wrote:”[t]The Rangers have been portrayed in popular culture as icons of law and order. ”

In a recent press conference, El Paso MP Veronica Escobar and local leaders Lopez reiterated urging the urgent need to turn away from the aggressive militarization that has become all too common in the border areas. “The focus is on allocating more resources to human interaction with people rather than spending resources on militarizing the border,” said Fernando García, executive director of the border network for human rights, according to the El Paso Times. “The migrants, who are running for their lives and fleeing situations that are unsustainable for them, are not running because it is an easy journey or because it is their first choice – this is their last choice,” said Escobar.

During a Spanish-language interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Rep. Escobar said that approximately half of unaccompanied children entering the United States have parents and that the Refugee Resettlement Office could release them for health and human services. Biden’s government recently announced new guidelines This should expedite the safe release of unaccompanied children who already have parents or relatives here.


Today at @AlPunto I spoke to @jorgeramosnews about our challenges on the US-Mexico border and the importance of working with our allies in the hemisphere to find real long-term solutions. Watch the interview 👇🏽

– Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) March 21, 2021

Rep. Escobar also recently invited Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House Republican minority, to meet with local lawyers, but he ignored that invitation because his only purpose was to go to the limit and perform a stunt. “It is time that Texas leaders find, and actually identify, ways to help and support coming children, support families seeking asylum, and make the lives of immigrants who have been here and about easier.” Contribute land, “Reform Immigration for Adriana Cadena of the Texas Alliance said, according to Mother Jones.

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