(Headline USA) Three Texas counties plan to declare a state of emergency over the “unprecedented” number of illegal immigrants surging into their towns, a direct result of the Biden administration’s failing open borders policy.
Border towns in the area have been battling a surge of illegal crossings in recent months, with the number of illegal immigrants caught crossing into the country reaching an all-time high of 239,416 in May. This year alone, border officials have encountered more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants.
“I think they’re trying to think of options or come up with some kind of solution,” County Commissioner Robert Nettleton in the neighboring Val Verde County said of his neighbors’ plan.
“At the end of the day, the federal government is not doing its job and these local communities need to come up with a solution.”
Nettleton said declaring a state of emergency is one way county leaders can make sure border towns, which often have few resources, get the funding they need.
“He’s frustrated, he’s irritated, he’s tired of it. I mean, I get it. We all are,” Nettleton said of Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe. “It’s not a local problem, but we are the ones dealing with it.”
Coe made headlines last week after he deported four illegal immigrants himself, driving them down to the southern border in his police vehicle. Coe said he discovered the illegals after a suspected smuggling vehicle his deputies were pursuing crashed.
“They had declined any type of medical help,” Coe said of the four uninjured migrants. “So I can’t let them walk the streets. I can’t say, ‘Hey, go, be free.’ Because I still have to protect the Constitution and protect the people in the county.”
“To let them go, undocumented, unaccounted for, just go because of a policy — I couldn’t do it,” Coe continued. “If Border Patrol won’t take a group for whatever reason, I don’t have a choice.”