Texas Governor Greg Abbott Asking Jail Employees to Assist With Border Crisis

Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked jail employees across the state on Friday to assist local authorities with handling the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A statement released by Abbott's office said that the governor "issued a statewide call for jailers across the state to assist border sheriffs with operating detention facilities and providing jail beds for those arrested for state charges related to the border crisis."

According to the statement, the state is looking for jail employees in the state with "supervisory and release experience," as well as booking officers with Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication Systems (TLETS) and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) experience.

Additionally, "current or former jailers who were honorably discharged within the last two years," can also apply to assist the state with the border crisis.

"The State of Texas will not tolerate criminal activity, which is why we are stepping up to address this crisis in the Biden Administration's absence," Abbott said in a statement.

He continued, "Part of our comprehensive efforts to secure the border include enforcing all state and federal laws, which is why we are calling on jailers and sheriffs across the state to volunteer support for our border sheriffs. Working together, we will secure the border and keep our communities safe."

Newsweek reached out to Abbott's office for further comment.

The announcement by Abbott comes as he continues to call for increased security along the border in response to an influx of migrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

Earlier this month, Abbott said that he wanted authorities to arrest every migrant that illegally crosses the border into Texas.

"I don't think this has ever happened before. We're about to change the way Texas addresses the challenges on the border. We're going to start increasing arrests," Abbott said during an interview with Fox News' Hannity.

Abbott continued, "The law that I'm going to use will be legal ways in which Texas is going to start arresting everybody coming across the border...Not just arresting them but, because this is not going to be aggravated trespass, they're going to be spending a half a year in jail, if not a year in jail, as well as other action that I will be announcing next week."

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott attends a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 at the Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty

Abbott also previously issued a disaster declaration for counties along the border in Texas. The declaration states that "the ongoing surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border poses an ongoing and imminent threat."

In May, border officials encountered over 180,000 migrants crossing the border into the U.S., according to data from Customs and Border Protection.