Abbott Appeals Denial Of Emergency Disaster Declaration At Border

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2021, file photo Haitian migrants use a dam to cross into the United States from Mexico in Del Rio, Texas. President Joe Biden embraced major progressive policy goals on immigration after he won the Democratic nomination, and he has begun enacting some. But his administration has been forced to confront unusually high numbers of migrants trying to enter the country along the U.S.-Mexico border and the federal response has inflamed both critics and allies. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Governor Greg Abbott is appealing the denial of a federal disaster declaration for the situation at the border. Abbott made the request to President Biden last month, but it was denied by FEMA nine days later. In the appeal, Abbott said the surge of migrants has “taken a serious toll on Texas border communities,” and is continuing to strain local and state resources. The governor said the state should not have to “withstand the financial burden without federal assistance.”

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