Governor Abbott Responds to Biden's First Border Visit With a List of Demands: Here's What's On It

After President Joe Biden visited the border for the first time, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas issued a manifesto to Biden, urging him to address the crisis at the border.

The Washington Times reported that President Joe Biden visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas on Sunday, marking his first trip to the border during his presidency.

To coincide with Biden's visit to the southern border, Abbott personally delivered a letter to the president at the airport, criticizing the visit and calling on Biden to take immediate action to address the crisis that he claims was exacerbated by Biden's policies. The letter outlined five specific steps that Abbott believes should be taken to resolve the issue.

In the letter, Abbott explained to Biden that his visit was “$20 billion too little and two years too late.”

Video footage from KENS-TV in San Antonio captured the moment when Abbott presented the letter to Biden. The exchange can be seen at the 58-second mark in the following video clip:

In his criticism of the visit, Abbott stated that the event had been carefully planned and scripted in order to prevent Biden from seeing the full extent of the problem that Abbott believes was caused by Biden's policies. Abbott accused the administration of attempting to shield Biden from the true nature of the crisis at the border.

Here's what the letter from Abbott to Biden said:

[Y]our visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies. Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis. This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.

Under President Trump, the federal government achieved historically low levels of illegal immigration. Under your watch, by contrast, America is suffering the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country. Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings. Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance.

All of this is happening because you have violated your constitutional obligation to defend the States against invasion through faithful execution of federal laws. Halfway through your presidency, though, I can finally welcome you to the border. When you finish the photo-ops in a carefully stage-managed version of El Paso, you have a job to do.