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Abbott’s Latest Border Strategy Forces Mexico, Democrats to Cave

'While Biden and Congress refuse to step up, Texas is taking unprecedented action to secure our state and our country...'

(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) In his most recent blow against the Biden administration’s open-border policies, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on April 13, 14 and 15 signed border security agreements with three Mexican governors, Citizen Free Press reported.

Abbott signed an agreement on Wednesday with Nuevo León Gov. Samuel García, on Thursday with Chihuahua Gov. Maria Galvan, and on Friday with Coahuila Gov. Miguel Ángel Riquelme.

As President Joe Biden ends Title 42, an emergency health provision that allows federal immigration authorities to immediately deport illegal aliens, Abbott has taken it into his own hands to protect Texas and its citizens.

In a move reminiscent of former President Donald Trump’s stick-and-carrot diplomacy, the Republican governor leveraged his authority to inspect vehicles that cross the Texas–Mexico border.

He ordered the state’s border agents to perform enhanced security inspections on commercial vehicles that travel from Mexico to Texas.

Abbott said the strict inspections “had the predictable result, and that is: it snarled traffic for miles … basically crashing economic conditions in these states as well as in the country of Mexico and having severe economic consequences for businesses in Mexico.”

The governors came “knocking on our door begging for relief,” he added, according to Breitbart. “And as they beg for relief, we are demanding that they implement security measures that will reduce illegal immigration coming across the border.”

The three governors agreed to spend more money on technology and manpower and to cooperate more closely with Texas authorities.

The Mexican state of Tamaulipas also shares a border with Texas, but Abbott and Gov. Francisco Javier Garcia have not yet announced an agreement.

The move puts open-border Democrats in a difficult spot as they are left to bear the brunt of Biden’s border crisis on their own.

Abbott predicted that the agreements could cause “heightened migration attempts in other states like New Mexico and California where they are being less resistant.”

Biden’s decision to end Title 42 will cause such an upsurge in illegal immigration that even Abbott’s political rival, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has said he opposes it.

“It does not make sense to end this until there is a real plan and the capacity in place to handle those and address those that come over,” O’Rourke said, according to the Daily Wire. “I have yet to hear a plan from the Biden administration to address the dynamic we will have on the border once Title 42 ends.”

In addition to the pacts with his Mexican counterparts, Abbott has begun busing illegal aliens from Texas to Washington, D.C.—forcing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki into spin overdrive, the Daily Wire reported.

Psaki initially called the busing plan a “publicity stunt” that Abbott did not have the “authority” to undertake, but on April 13 she thanked him for sending illegal aliens to D.C.

“Well, these are all migrants who have been processed by CBP and are free to travel,” she replied.

“So, it’s nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await in—their outcome of their immigration proceedings—and they’re all in immigration proceedings,” she claimed.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has planned to send Floriday immigrants to Delaware, warned the new arrivals not to attempt to relocate to his state.

“Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t,” DeSantis said. “Do not come.”

Headline USA’s Ben Sellers contributed to this report.

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