Texas Democrat Demands the Biden Administration Make an Emergency Declaration at the Border

Earlier this week, Texas State Representative Eddie Morales, a Democrat representing the Texas House’s 74th district, sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that the Biden Administration approve of Governor Greg Abbott’s border emergency declaration. With Biden’s approval, FEMA would be allowed to reimburse border residents for the damages that migrants cause. 

“Last week, on October 13th, I wrote to President Biden urging him to grant a Federal Emergency Authorization for the border crisis,” Morales said in a Facebook post he published on October 18 . “Initially, he rejected to grant a Federal Emergency Authorization, but Texas is now appealing.”

Back in June, Governor Abbott said to Breitbart Texas that he would issue a State of Emergency Declaration in response to the deteriorating situation on the state’s southern border with Mexico.

“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job,” Governor Abbott told Breitbart Texas right before he made a public announcement on June 10. “And amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more.” 

President Biden rejected the application for FEMA support and has not even bothered to speak with Abbott since he was installed in office. 

“I am fighting hard for President Biden to grant this authorization because I believe families should not have to bear the financial responsibility from the damages brought on by migrant crossings,” Morales continued in his Facebook post. “My office has received reports from families of migrants coming up to their homes, and in some instances, breaking in. We have also heard reports of ranchers having their fences cut and people’s water lines severed. Victims of this damage should not bear the financial responsibility of repairs.”

“Families and individuals along the border are often scared for their safety,” Morales expressed in his letter to Biden. “The people I represent — the people who live in these communities — do not deserve to be subject to this fear, nor should they be subject to having to pay for the damages to their property.”

“Democrat to Democrat, this does not need to be a partisan matter,” Morales added. “These communities are pleading for the safety and security of American and Texas citizens.”

Morales believes his constituents and community are being overwhelmed by the border crisis.

“We need help and relief,” Morales declared in his concluding statement. “I ask that we put partisan politics aside and the federal government approve relief for communities who can no longer bear the costs.”

Morales’ district is located in Maverick County, an area Donald Trump made vast improvements in during the 2020 elections. For example, Hilary Clinton dominated this county by 56 points in 2016, whereas Biden only won the county by 9 points. 

One of the easiest ways Republicans could make headway with Hispanics is by getting tough on immigration. 2020 demonstrated that by taking border security seriously, a Republican could make gains with border Hispanics. 

Hopefully, Texas Republicans get the memo and start doubling down on immigration restriction and reject Hispandering altogether. 

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