UPDATED 4:33 PM PT – Thursday, October 7, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has requested an appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) denial of emergency declaration in regards to the ongoing border crisis that has filtered in an influx of migrants at the Texas border.
In a letter addressed to Joe Biden on Thursday, the GOP governor said “Texas will stand with the federal government in responding to the border crisis.” He also said the Lone Star state shouldn’t have to stand alone or withstand the financial burden without federal assistance.
“This crisis has taken a serious toll on the Texas border communities, first responders, and the local non-profit sector,” said Abbott. “Local officials and Texas citizens are fatigued and running out of resources to respond to the ongoing border crisis.”
Abbott said Texans are resilient and would continue to “respond, recover and mitigate” against the crisis, however, federal assistance is still needed.
Formally appealing FEMA denial of border crisis disaster declaration. This crisis has taken a serious toll on border communities, first responders, & local non-profits. Local officials & Texas citizens are fatigued & running out of resources to respond. https://t.co/Hqx4PQBArs
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 7, 2021
This comes as Abbott has approved billions of dollars of funding for border security efforts and deployed thousands of National Guard troops to address the crisis.