1,500 of 7,000 migrants released into his city tested positive for COVID – and 1,800 are crossing every DAY: ‘Washington is responsible for this’:
A mayor on the Texas-Mexico border is slamming Joe Biden and his state’s federal lawmakers after he was forced to declare a disaster over the surging number of migrants infected with COVID being released into his city.
In a video posted to Facebook Wednesday, McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos was visibly frustrated talking about the state his city is in after 1,500 migrants tested positive for COVID out of 7,000 left there by Border Patrol last week.
The city commission voted on Tuesday to set up emergency tents to house the overflow of migrants, but moved it to a county-owned facility further away from residents angry over its location.
Addressing his citizens the Republican mayor told them ‘I know ya’ll are angry, we get the calls, we get the texts, we get the emails.’
‘Lately we’ve been getting about 1,800 immigrants a day,’ he said. ‘Then, coupled with the fact that 15 percent of the immigrants have COVID, have caused substantial problems to our great city of McAllen.’
Villalobos urged his constituents to not blame local officials or even Governor Greg Abbott for the situation.
‘If you want to place blame, let’s do it,’ he challenged defiantly.
‘Call your president, call your congressman, and call your senators – if you want to place blame, blame them. Place it on the people who are responsible, and that is Washington.’
The Texas Republican is just the latest political leader to criticize the Biden administration over how it’s handled the border.
A July report from Customs and Border Patrol found a record 188,829 encounters with migrants at the southern border over the month prior. Thousands more may have crossed over undetected.
In a bid to stem the flow of migrants to his state and keep COVID transmission down Abbott signed an executive order last week to prohibit ground transport of migrants by anyone other than law enforcement.
Abbott accused the Biden White House of ‘knowingly importing COVID-19’ and ‘jeopardizing the health and safety of Texans on a daily basis.’
A federal judge temporarily blocked the order.
Villalobos said McAllen’s formal disaster declaration was a bid to get help from the state and federal governments.