Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a recent interview that the only thing stopping them from shooting migrants that cross the border is a murder charge from the federal government.
“We are using every tool that can be used from building a border wall, to building these border barriers, to passing this law that I signed that led to another lawsuit by the Biden administration where I signed a law making it illegal for somebody to enter Texas from another country,” Abbott said on “The Dana Loesch Show” last week.
“So, we are deploying every tool and strategy that we possibly can,” Abbott continued. “The only thing that we’re not doing is we’re not shooting people who come across the border, because of course, the Biden administration would charge us with murder.”
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa slammed Abbott for his comments in a statement on Thursday.
“Time and time again, Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans have made it abundantly clear they have no morality or humanity. Their only solutions to “secure” the border are separating families, medieval death traps, and mass imprisonment of migrants and Texans who are perceived to be undocumented by law enforcement,” Hinojosa said. “This is the same rhetoric endorsed by domestic terrorists such as the El Paso shooter, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump – who recently echoed Adolf Hitler by accusing immigrants of “poisoning the blood of our country.”
Abbott accused the Biden administration of not doing enough to stop the flow of migrants across the border and has taken matters into his own hands by enacted immigration policies. This has led to repeated clashes with the White House who argue that enacting immigration policies should be left up to the federal government.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration filed a lawsuit against Texas after Abbott signed a new immigration law that gives local law enforcement in the state the authority to arrest migrants and gives judges the ability to issue orders to remove people from the United States.