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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Dispatches National Guard to Mexican Border to Meet Immigration Crisis

Updated on June 22, 2019
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Ed is a licensed attorney in North Texas who writes about government issues and politics.

Abbott Sends 1,000 National Guard Troops to Protect American Soil

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott didn't mince words Friday as he announced he'll deploy one thousand more National Guard troops to the Mexican border to stop the record-breaking flow of illegal immigrants into Texas. He also criticized the U.S. Congress for not doing its job to protect the border.

In some of his strongest language to date, the twice-elected governor referred to members of Congress as "reprobates" for not protecting American soil.

Deployment in Addition to $800,000 Texas Legislature Allocated

This dramatic deployment is in addition to the $800,000 in funds already allocated by Texas lawmakers to strengthen border security. These troops will assist at new temporary holding facilities in El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley for single adults. They will also help at ports of entry for commerce, according to the interview he gave to CBS affiliate, Channel 21 in Dallas Fort Worth.

Border Invasion Comparable to Roman Empire Collapse

In the historic classic "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", one of the reasons given for the collapse of the Roman Empire was the repeated waves of Germanic tribes across the Roman frontiers. Eventually, the Roman armies didn't have enough men to resist the onslaughts from the North. The sacking and pillaging of the city of Rome itself was the ultimate result. A famous philosopher once said, "Those who ignore history, are destined to repeat it."

Greg Abbott Discusses 2019 Illegal Immigration

At his press conference Friday, Abbott discussed the influx of illegal aliens into Texas during 2019. He said the staggering numbers would equal a large Texas city.

Governor Criticizes Inactive Congress

During his comments Abbott fired a shot across the bow of the current inactive Congress. He said, "My message to them is Congress is a group of reprobates for not addressing the crisis at our border. We're not going to stand idly by and endanger the lives and safety of the state of Texas because Congress is refusing to do its job.

Hordes of Illegal Aliens Reach 45,000

Abbott further said that "more than 45,000 people were apprehended crossing our border illegally in the last three weeks. They come from 52 different countries. Congress must do its job and fund border security."

Governor Signs Property Tax Bill

In addition to sending reinforcements to the battered border with Mexico, Abbott recently signed into a law a property tax limitation bill. Abbott had promised during his inauguration address in Austin that property tax limitation would be a primary goal. Senate Bill 2 will cap property tax increases for homeowners and businesses across Texas. The Governor signed the bill at Wally's Burger Express in Austin.

Wally's is a family-owned business which has been struggling due to skyrocketing property taxes. Property taxes put the business in jeopardy this year by increasing 44%.

As students of history will recall, it was the British taxation of American colonials which led to the American Revolution. "No taxation without representation" was the battlecry of the colonials as they launched the Boston Tea Party and eventually full revolution which resulted in the United States of America.

Governor Joined By Robert Mayfield and Dan Patrick

The governor was joined by owner Robert Mayfield and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for the signing. Abbott said, "Because of the work by legislators this session, we are ensuring that Texas remains the best state in the nation to live, work, start a business, and raise a family."

Governor Greg Abbott Shown Fighting Hurricane Harvey

Senate Bill Two Landmark Act

The consequences of Senate Bill 2 cannot be overestimated. It lowers the property tax rollback to 3.5% for cities and counties. Any increase to this rollback rate will require voter approval and trigger a tax ratification election. This bill is a continuation of the ongoing war between oppressive governments and their citizens over destruction taxation. Countless businesses have failed because of onerous taxes.

Governor Abbott Signs Bill to Protect Patients

The Texas governor also signed into law a bill that protects patients from paying for surprise out-of-network medical bills. Surprise medical bills most frequently aarise during medical emergencies when a patient with insurance receives treatment outside of his or her provider network. When this bill takes effect on September 1, 2019, patients will be protected from these destructive surprise medical bills.

Abbott's Background

Abbott was born November 13, 1957 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has served as the 48th governor of Texas since 2015. He previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. Prior to attaining the governorship, Abbott was a justice of the Texas Supreme Court since 1995.

He made his name for advocating for the right of the state to display the Ten Commandments in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, in a 2005 United States Supreme Court case known as Van Orden v.Perry.

Overcoming Adversity

On July 14, 1984, at age 26, Abbott was paralyzed below waist-level when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging after a storm. Two steel rods implanted in his spine became constant companions.

Despite being paralyzed, Abbott went to work for Butler and Binion between 1984 and 1992.

Following his paralysis, Abbott had a choice. He could quit on life or he could come back even stronger. He chose the latter. The future governor embarked upon an incredible rehabilitation program in which he steered himself in his wheelchair up ramps, thus building his strength.

Early Life

Abbott's father Calvin was a stockbroker and insurance agent. His mother Doris was a homemaker. At the beginning of junior high school, his family moved to Duncanville from Wichita Falls. He was in the National Honor Society and voted "Most Likely to Succeed."

In 1981, he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He met his wife Cecilia Phelan while attending UT. He earned his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Personal Life

A Roman Catholic, Abbott married a Mexican-American Cecilia Phalen Abbott, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants. His election as governor madae her the first Latina first lady since Texas joined the union. They have one adopted daughter Audrey. Married in San Antonio, in 1981, Cecilia has been an active partner in her husband's campaigns. He has never lost an election. Cecilia is a former schoolteacher and principal. The governor said in his autobiography, he was also impressed by her beautiful piano playing at her sorority house.

Texas Economy 10th Largest In World

Under Abbott's extraordinary leadership, the State of Texas has climbed to the tenth largest among nations in the world. By cutting billions in taxes, securing the border and expanding the protection of constitutional rights, Abbott has helped make Texas one of the most desirable places to live in the world. While workers in states like New York are burdened by city, county and state income taxes, the citizens of Texas don't even have to pay a state income tax. This is probably one of the reasons why thousands of people have fled tax heavy states like the Empire State and moved to the Lone Star State.

Economic Powerhouse

Teas leads the nation as an economic powerhouse, adding nearly one million jobs over the last four years.Record lows have been set for unemployment and record corporate expansion to Texas have been hallmarks of Abbott's governorship.

Abbott achieved virtually all the goals he set for this past legislative session. During his inauguration speech he promised to fight for higher teacher salaries, lower taxes on property and border security. All of this has been accomplished.

By compiling an extraordinary record as attorney general and then governor, Abbott has certainly created a resume which could thrust him into the spotlight for the 2024 presidential election.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      11 months ago

      Edward Lane

      You lucky SOB, I wish that CA had this Governor.

      CA has been ruled totally by the opposite of this Governor's action and record.

      "Hordes of Illegal Aliens Reach 45,000

      Abbott further said that "more than 45,000 people were apprehended crossing our border illegally in the last three weeks. They come from 52 different countries. Congress must do its job and fund border security."

      "

      52 countries is the key and it its something that the illegal alien supporters hide from the public. They want us to believe these illegals are just coming from Mexico and maybe south of there.

      In contrast, CA does its best to keep the illegals in CA protecting them in their Sanctuary State. They even keep Convicted Illegal Alien Felons from being deported?

      I hope that more people and businesses in CA think seriously about moving to more American friendly, and business friendly places like Texas. Who could not like a state that has no state income tax!

      BTW

      Do you know what is happening to the High Speed Train from Houston? to Dallas?

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      11 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      My governor isn't perfect, but he's doing a fantastic job. I would that he sent even more troops.

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