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Amid Border Crisis, Gov. Abbott’s Challengers Outline Security Plans

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As a humanitarian disaster continues to unfold at the Texas-Mexico border, Republican candidates for governor are calling out Gov. Greg Abbott for his failure on the issue and outlining what they would do if elected.

“Our border is not secure. @GregAbbott_TX has promised to secure it for years but calls it a disaster,” tweeted candidate and former State Sen. Don Huffines on Wednesday. “When I am Governor, I will never ask the federal government for permission to secure the Texas Border.”

Huffines’ border plan, detailed on his website, includes deploying the Texas National Guard to the southern border, finishing President Donald Trump’s wall, putting economic pressure on Mexico, and mandating E-Verify (a database system that checks identities of newly hired workers against government records) for all Texas employers.

“Mexican narco-terrorist cartels are at the heart of the border crisis. Almost all illegals pay the cartels to cross the River. Tragically, nearly the entire 1200-mile Texas border is controlled by the Mexican cartels,” Huffines wrote. “The human trafficking, drug smuggling, gun running, and other actions by narco-terrorist cartels on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are putting the lives and livelihoods of Texans at risk. Human trafficking is earning the cartels millions every single day and destroying innocent lives.”

“This attack on Texas is an invasion,” Huffines added. “Currently Gov. Abbott has only mobilized 500 members of our 20,000 National Guard troops. That is woefully insufficient to secure our border.”

“It’s not just the policies of the Biden administration; it’s the fact that we aren’t doing anything whatsoever,” said outgoing Republican Party of Texas chairman and gubernatorial candidate Allen West in a recent video of his own visit to the border.

West has written on his website that the lack of action to protect Texans has caused catastrophic consequences in the

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