President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico threatened legal action against the State of Texas on Tuesday after Governor Greg Abbott signed a new law SB 4 into effect making illegal immigration a state crime in light of the Biden Administration’s refusal to enforce federal statutes. Lopez Obrador called the new law, “inhumane.”
Abbott told a Monday press conference in Brownsville, “Four years ago, the United States had the fewest illegal border crossings in decades. It was because of four policies put in place by the Trump Administration that led to such a low number of illegal crossings. President Biden has eliminated all of those policies and done nothing to halt illegal immigration.”
“President Biden’s deliberate inaction has left Texas to fend for itself. Today, I will sign three laws to better protect Texas—and America—from President Biden’s border neglect. These laws will help stop the tidal wave of illegal entry into Texas, add additional funding to build more border wall, and crackdown on human smuggling.”
President Biden’s deliberate inaction at the border left Texas to fend for itself.
New laws I signed yesterday will help stop the tidal wave of illegal entry into Texas, fund new border wall construction, and crack down on human smuggling. pic.twitter.com/FrLbHpEj2l
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) December 19, 2023
Subsequently, Reuters reported that Lopez Obrador announced that his government was making preparations to challenge the new law in the U.S. Courts.
El Gobierno de México ya está realizando trámites para impugnar la ley contra inmigrantes que promovió Greg Abbott en Texas.
Como lo ha dicho nuestro presidente López Obrador, velamos por la seguridad de nuestros compatriotas mexicanos que migraron a EE.UU. pic.twitter.com/LiednPFTYl
— Morena (@PartidoMorenaMx) December 19, 2023
The Mexican president, widely known as a radical leftist, told reporters “The foreign ministry is already working on the process to challenge this law.” He claimed that Abbott “wants to win popularity with these measures, but he’s not going to win anything, but he’ll lose favor, because in Texas there are so many Mexicans and migrants.”
According to The Dallas Observer, Abbott conversely laid much of the blame for the illegal immigration crisis on Lopez Obrador saying he is a “large reason” behind it.
“What López Obrador has done is reprehensible, subjecting thousands upon thousands of people to torture, to rape, to assault, to even death,” Abbott said Monday. “And he just fast-tracks them to the state of Texas and thinks he can condemn Texas because of it? That’s outrageous.”
The National Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd, present for the signing praised the move by Abbott according to the Governor’s office saying, “Border Patrol agents nationwide, not just in Texas, are grateful for Governor Abbott’s leadership and willingness to recognize that it is the rule of law that keeps all Americans safe. His actions have already saved lives, and his continued actions will undoubtedly save thousands more. As the flagrant disregard of our laws too often is the norm throughout our country, Texans can be proud that their governor will not back down to pervasive and radical woke ideology. Instead, he will continue to look out for the best interests of his great state