Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tore apart President Joe Biden and his ban on travel from South Africa – exposing it as “hypocritical,” due to the fact that his open border policies have “opened the floodgates” to illegal immigrants.
“Over 50 illegal immigrants from South Africa and other South African countries under the Biden travel ban have been apprehended by CBP this year, with 18 being apprehended this month alone,” Abbott tweeted.
“Biden’s open border policies must end,” he added.
The governor also issued a statement from his office on Twitter criticizing Biden’s open border policies.
“President Biden’s hypocritical handling of legal travel and border policies has shown the world that the United States is open—as long as you enter illegally. Coming from over 150 countries around the world, including countries covered under the Biden travel ban, President Biden’s hands-off approach to our southern border has opened the floodgates to a 61-year record-high number of illegal immigrants surging into our state,” the statement read.
“Over 50 illegal immigrants from South Africa and other South African countries under the Biden travel ban have been apprehended by CBP this year, with 18 being apprehended in November alone,” the statement added.
Abbott’s statement continued, placing extra emphasis on his state’s efforts to respond to Biden’s open border policies through Operation Lone Star.
“Until President Biden stops the hypocrisy and does his job, Texas will continue stepping up to secure the border and protect Texans. Since Governor Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March, the National Guard and DPS have apprehended over 80,000 migrants and arrested 9,700 who committed a state or federal crime, including smugglers and human traffickers, to crack down on illegal crossings of migrants,” the statement said.
The statement followed Abbott’s first post on Saturday regarding the South Africa travel ban over the recently discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Covid variant,” Abbott tweeted. “Immigrants have recently been apprehended crossing our border illegally from South Africa.”
Abbott labeled the move by Biden as “pure politics.”
“Biden is doing nothing to stop immigrants from South Africa entering illegally,” the governor added. “Pure politics and hypocrisy.”
Abbott is not alone in his criticism of Biden’s hypocritical decision to ban travel from South Africa.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy recently pressed White House Press Secretary over the matter.
Doocy asked, “Before Joe Biden was president, he said that covid travel restrictions on foreign countries were ‘hysterical,’ ‘xenophobia,’ and ‘fearmongering.’ So, what changed?”
Psaki argued that Doocy’s question did not put Biden’s criticism in its “full context,” suggesting that he had meant to condemn Trump’s tweet about the ban, not the travel ban itself.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also hammered the president over the move, tweeting, “When Trump imposed travel restrictions, Biden called him ‘xenophobic.‘”
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also tweeted, “I see restricting travel over COVID is apparently no longer racist and ‘xenophobic.’ I wonder what changed.”
Author: David Marrick