Texas Gov. Abbott to Meet With Florida Gov. DeSantis About Border Security

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) volition big a briefing connected borderline information Saturday day with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The briefing is expected to hap astir 2:15 p.m. successful Del Rio, a metropolis astir 160 miles westbound of San Antonio on the borderline with Mexico.

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The gathering betwixt the 2 governor's follows a June missive from Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey successful which they issued a telephone for assistance from chap governors under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact

The missive requested "additional manpower" to assistance apprehend radical attempting to illegally transverse the borderline into the U.S. DeSantis deployed instrumentality enforcement officers to the borderline successful response.

Abbott, who successful June announced plans to physique a partition on the state's borderline with Mexico, has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden's administration's handling of the borderline and immigration.

Abbott and Ducey's missive said the medication has "proven unwilling oregon incapable to bash the job" of securing the border.

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According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection numbers released Friday, the bureau recorded 188,829 encounters connected the Mexican borderline successful June, the astir since March 2000 and an summation of astir 5% implicit May.

The bulk of encounters were azygous adults, though encounters of unaccompanied children accrued by 8% to 15,253 successful June, good beneath the precocious of 18,663 unaccompanied children encountered successful March by the Border Patrol.

The fig of children successful CBP custody fell to 832 connected June 30 from 5,767 astatine its highest connected March 29.

The fig of migrant families encountered astatine the borderline accrued by 25% from the erstwhile period to 55,805 adjacent arsenic summertime temperatures emergence successful the deserts and upland terrain of the southwestern borderlands. The fig is beneath the precocious of 88,587 successful May 2019.

Of the June encounters, 34% were radical who had astatine slightest 1 anterior brushwood successful past 12 months, up from astir 14% for the 2014 to 2019 fiscal years, according to CBP.

Pandemic-related powers that the authorities uses to rapidly expel astir migrants from the state without allowing them to question asylum has led to a larger-than-average fig of migrants trying to transverse aggregate times, which means the numbers "somewhat overstate" however galore are arriving astatine the border, Customs and Border Protection said successful the monthly report.

Being expelled carries nary ineligible consequences, truthful galore radical effort to transverse aggregate times.

Drug seizures were down 30% wide successful June from the erstwhile month, nevertheless interceptions of immoderate drugs, including cocaine and fentanyl accrued 30% and 12%, respectively.

Abbott has highlighted the travel of drugs, specifically fentanyl, crossed the borderline into the U.S. arsenic crushed to bolster instrumentality enforcement efforts.

CBP said it has seen a surge successful fentanyl seizures, which are 78% higher for the 2021 fiscal twelvemonth done June implicit the 2020 fiscal year.

Abbott and DeSantis volition beryllium joined by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Adjutant General of Texas Tracy Norris, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd and Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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