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Abbott denounces feds’ ‘disastrous’ border policies

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison Thursday night, Dec. 10, 2015.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to reporters at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addison Thursday night, Dec. 10, 2015. WFAA

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that he is “disturbed” by a lack of federal concern for increased border security, given an influx of illegal immigrants and the arrival of Syrian refugees in Texas.

At a brief news conference at a hotel where he was speaking to the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce, he pointed to the nearly 1,000 children caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally in the Rio Grande Valley who will be housed for a few weeks in Rockwall and Ellis counties.

He said he warned Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson at the end of September that an unexpected number of unaccompanied minors were crossing the border.

Abbott said he has urged Johnson and the Obama administration to “step up and provide the border security we need.”

About a few Syrian refugee families coming to Texas, he said: “It is particularly disturbing that we have refugees coming in from Syria that Barack Obama and his administration knows full well could be infiltrated by terrorists and Barack Obama has allowed amongst these refugees, people who have known to have aided and abetted terrorists.

“And so this is the most disastrous and dangerous situation that I have ever seen.”

Monica S. Nagy with information provided by WFAA

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