Mexican Government ‘Regrets’ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signing Border Security Law
The Mexican government said it was disappointed with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing a new law strengthening border security.
In a Spanish-language statement from Mexico’s Foreign Ministry, the government “regrets” Abbott’s decision to enact HB11, a $800 million “comprehensive” border security legislation that includes the hiring of 250 additional border troopers.
According to the Mexican government, Texas authorities will replace the U.S. National Guard with troopers trained by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Texas. In addition, Mexican officials believe the legislation promotes a “division” between both societies and contradicts the principles and values of the U.S. and Mexico’s bilateral relationship.
“Mexico has expressed full opening for a frank and direct dialogue with the government of Texas on border security from a holistic perspective that allows direct resources towards the consolidation of a safe, efficient and competitive border to facilitate the legitimate flow of goods and people and to promote prosperity and development on both sides of the border,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry stated.
The Mexican government stated they are aware the law’s implementation will not affect the “rights and dignity” of Mexican nationals.
“We also reiterate our commitment to continue working with the U.S. government on security issues on the basis of shared responsibility, trust and mutual respect” the statement continued.
Abbott signed the bill on Tuesday. The legislation also calls for additional training and equipment on the border and “give prosecutors additional tools necessary to crack down on criminal cartel enterprises involved in human and drug smuggling.”
“We cannot be naïve to the threat posed by drug cartels and transnational gangs. And Texas will not sit idly by while the federal government fails to do its job and secure the border,” said Abbott in a statement. “I’m proud to sign legislation to implement measures that will help provide for the safety and security of communities across Texas.”
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, one of the three federal immigration agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, updated its apprehensions of undocumented immigrant children data and most have been encountered in Texas. Based on CBP’s figures of the 2015 fiscal year so far, 13,249 undocumented immigrant children — ages 17 and younger — have been apprehended at the Rio Grande Sector — one of several sectors in Texas, although it is a 60-percent drop compared to the 2014 fiscal year.