Texas Governor Greg Abbot tells CBS’s Schieffer of “Face the Nation”, “Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.”
In 2014 U.S immigration apprehended and removed 213,719 people that were attempting to illegally enter the United States.
The current approximate number of illegals living in Texas alone is 800,000. The issue is what to do with them. The governor would like to send them back to their countries as quickly as possible.
Schieffer reminded Abbot that there are not enough buses to them back and he can’t put them all in jail.
Abbot responds, “Well, two things,” “One is, the president himself said as these people were coming across the border that he would repatriate (definition: to send back) them as soon as possible. So, we need to see whether or not the president himself is going to live up to the commitment that he made.”
Abbot goes on to say the second item is to let congress, not the president, decide how to deal with the millions of illegal’s. “And so we need Congress to have the latitude to fulfill its responsibility to solve the problem.”
Abbott said as governor, he has outlined a plan to secure the border: “I’m going to add more than 500 more Department of Public Safety officers, more Texas Rangers, more technology. We are coming out of our own pocket, Texas taxpayers’ pockets, to secure the border and doing the job that the federal government must do.
“The first step that has to be taken in this whole process is to secure the border,” he added.
The governor has filed a lawsuit on challenging President Obama’s decision to go around Congress giving millions of illegal immigrants permission to temporarily stay in the U.S. and get Social Security numbers so they can work here as well.
A federal judge recently put Obama’s plan on hold, and Abbott said he expects the case to “continue through the court process all the way to the Supreme Court.”
Abbot is insistent that Congress must ensure the rule of law is followed. The constitution gives authority to Congress to establish law, not to the president. These include any laws regarding immigration and anyone that remains in our country illegally.
Governor Abbott’s lawsuit doesn’t deal with immigration — it deals with “an overreach by the president.”
See the full interview below: