Abbott, responding to a flood of thousands of Haitian migrants gathering under the international bridge in Del Rio, announced that he had directed state troopers and the Texas National Guard “to shut down six points of entry along the southern border.”
The Republican governor made the move to help stem the tide of migrants in the region, saying it was at the behest of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP denied that they had any plans to shut down the ports of entry, however.
That prompted Abbott to pull back on the move and accuse the White House of reversing course.
“Six hours after U.S. Customs and Border Protection requested help from Texas to close ports of entry and secure the border, the Biden Administration has now flip-flopped to a different strategy that abandons border security and instead makes it easier for people to cross illegally and for cartels to exploit the border,” Abbott’s office said in a statement.
The governor accused Biden of “handling the border crisis as badly as the evacuation from Afghanistan.”