Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden calling for a state of emergency to be declared in connection with the influx of illegal migrants to the territory of the U.S. state.
The reason for the appeal was the events in the border town of Del Rio, on the outskirts of which about 16 thousand applicants for asylum in the United States have accumulated, living without basic amenities under a road bridge while waiting for registration by border services.
“I am asking you to issue an emergency declaration for the state of Texas in view of the ongoing border crisis, which has acquired such a scale and duration that on May 31, 2021, I officially recognized the situation as a disaster,” the message says.
Abbott says that migrants who entered the United States from Mexico via the Rio Grande River need food, water, and medicines that the state authorities cannot provide them. According to him, the population of the makeshift camp from September 15 to 18 increased from four to 16 thousand people, who account for only 64 border guards.