Texas attorney general Greg Abbott may sue the federal government over the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. – Mexico border. The possible lawsuit comes after the latest immigration crisis in the border state.
Abbott is considering legal action against the Obama administration after a request for $30 million in border patrol and enforcement went unanswered by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
“If the federal government is unwilling to secure the border, the State of Texas will be forced to resort to litigation to recoup the costs incurred to respond to this crisis, ” wrote Abbott in an e-mail.
“The State of Texas is exploring any and all options, including litigation, to address the crisis our federal government has created by not living up to their Constitutional responsibility,” added Jerry Strickland, the spokesman for the attorney general. “If the federal government is unwilling to secure the border, the State of Texas will be forced to resort to litigation to recoup the costs incurred to respond to this crisis.”
The issue over illegal immigration has intensified with waves of children traveling alone to the United States from Central American countries. Over 50,000 unaccompanied minors have come into border states like Texas.
Aboott maintains that the costs of housing all the children should be recouped from the federal government. Texas governor Rick Perry has also criticized President Obama for inaction on the issue. “If he doesn’t come to the border, I think it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern of what’s really going on there,” said Perry.
Another border state dealing with the crisis also may take legal action. Arizona’s attorney general Tom Horne may sue the Department of Homeland Security for transferring undocumented immigrants from Texas to Arizona.
The government started sending hundreds of unaccompanied children from Texas to a holding center in Arizona after saying there wasn’t enough manpower to deal with all the people crossing the border.