Texas Senate Declares Situation on the Border 'An Emergency'

In the battle over whether the situation at the Texas-Mexico border is an emergency is a definite 'yes,' according to a resolution passed by the Republican dominated Texas Legislature, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The vote was largely along party lines, which Democrats like Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) angry that the first time they saw the resolution was when it came up for a final vote.

"Why didn't it go through a proccess where we could debate it in committee and have public testimony on it?" Menendez asked.

"Because of the nature of the crisis," State Sen Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) responded.

Democrat John Whitmire (D-Houston) said if you want to find a crisis, you can find it in crime in the state's urban cities.

"What are we telling them that we don't know?" Whitmire said, to which Bettencourt replied that the Senate was formally recognizing that there is a crisis.

"The only crisis is that we are not dealing with the problems people sent us here to deal with," Whitmire said, referencing urban crime.

Bettencourt said along with the resolution comes a request to Congress.

"The Texas Senate supports the efforts of the President to move forward with his emergency actions," Whitmire said. "The Senate calls upon the United States Congress that fully funds all means necessary to secure the Texas Mexico international border.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised the resolution, saying the fact that the situation on the border is an emergency is 'not debatable.'

"The unprecedented massive influx of illegal immigrants currently crossing the border — including 100,000 in the past month and an estimated one million in the past year — is a crisis that threatens the security of Texas communities," he said. "According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 194,000 criminal aliens were booked into Texas jails from 2011 to 2019 and were charged with more than 299,000 criminal offenses. Illegal immigration also costs Texas taxpayers billions in increased educational and medical costs."