FEMA rejects appeal over denial of request of federal emergency declaration for border crisis in Texas

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell sent a letter to Governor Abbott on Sunday to issue a denial of an appeal over a federal emergency declaration. This rejection denies Texas financial reimbursement from the federal government for the millions of dollars the state is spending to combat the Biden border crisis. The agency will not reconsider its original denial of issuing a federal emergency declaration.

Sorry, Texas. You are on your own. The Biden administration doesn’t care that the southern border is open for business from drug cartels and human smugglers. Hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants have crossed the border into Texas and well, that’s a shame but Texas officials are being told to just handle it themselves. There will be no additional funds available.

“After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that supplemental federal assistance under the Stafford Act is not warranted for this event. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for an emergency declaration is denied,” Criswell wrote, according to a copy of the letter shared with the Washington Examiner.

Governor Abbott made a request for a federal emergency declaration in September, citing border counties had been in crisis since May 31. He asked that the government honor the state’s disaster status and fund the bill to cover higher-than-normal state and local operations. His reasoning was simple – “border security is a federal responsibility.” Abbott has not specified how much the state has paid above and beyond standard costs but to carry out Operation Lone Star launched in March, thousands of National Guard members and state police personnel have been sent to the border. Senators Cornyn and Cruz supported Abbott’s appeal. They sent a joint letter to Biden. President Unity’s not so interested in the problems his policies have created for Texas.

The Biden administration denied his first claim, and Abbott appealed the decision on Oct. 7. Republican Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both backed Abbott’s appeal and sent a joint letter to Biden.

“In the last eight months alone, over a million individuals crossed illegally into the United States, which is now on pace for over 2 million illegal crossings for 2021,” the two senators wrote. “The state and local communities in Texas bear direct and indirect costs of the increasing volume of illegal immigration along the southwest border, and federal assistance is necessary to further protect the lives, property, public health, and safety of the communities along the border.”

Biden has done everything he can to muck up the situation on the southern border, with Texas bearing the brunt of the problems. He has restrained efforts by ICE and Border Patrol to arrest and hold illegal migrants. Most family units that cross the border are allowed to remain in the United States while they await asylum proceedings. All unaccompanied minors are allowed to stay. There are fewer deportations at the request of Biden. Illegal migrants are being released into the country, many without so much as a date to show up in court for an asylum hearing. Border Patrol agents have been pulled from duty on the border to process people in custody. Personnel is overwhelmed, resources are stretched, and regions of the border remain unguarded.

Governor Abbott asked for help from other states to send law enforcement personnel to help guard the border in June. Many states responded and sent National Guard troops and other personnel. Other governors realize that the migrants don’t all remain in border states. They will soon be the problem of all states.

Abbott is acting proactively now to prepare for the next incoming flood of migrants at the border. A caravan of thousands of migrants mostly from Central and South America, as well as other countries, is predicted to arrive in about 18 days. The caravan is very organized. And there is an estimated 60,000 migrants coming through Panama on the way to the United States.

Border communities don’t need another situation as happened in Del Rio just a short while ago. Thousands of illegal migrants were housed under the International Bridge due to a lack of housing for them. The communities are not equipped to handle such floods of migrants and they shouldn’t have to be. This is Biden’s doing and he should at least help foot the bill if he won’t clean it up.