Greg Abbott Visits Texas Border, Discusses Immigration Issue

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott was in the Rio Grande Valley Friday getting a first-hand look at the surge in young illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border.

Abbott spent some time in McAllen and Weslaco. The area consists of makeshift tents and holding areas created to tend to the thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally, some by themselves and some with their mothers.

According to Abbott, the Department of Public Safety processed some 1,200 illegal immigrants in the last two days alone.

3News had the chance to speak with Abbott Friday afternoon. He said the federal government needs to send a stronger message to Central American countries that, if you come here illegally, you will be sent back to make room for the legal immigrants who are waiting to come seek a better life.

"While all this process is playing out on the border in the state of Texas, there are thousands upon thousands of people who are trying to come to the U.S. legally," Abbott said. "They waited in line. They've done all they were supposed to do. Followed the rule of the law to come here legally, only to find that hundreds of thousands of people got here ahead of the line in front of them and are allowed to stay, and it causes great frustration."

On Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry made an announcement promising an extra $1.3 million a week for DPS to spend on emergency surge operations along the border.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Abbott's opponent in November, sent a letter to Perry's office on Monday. She is asking the governor to declare a state of emergency on the issue, and asked him to call a special session to solve this humanitarian crisis.


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