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Democrats Unite in Opposition to Texas-New Mexico Razor Wire Border Installation

Governor Greg Abbott’s installation of concertina wire along the Texas-New Mexico border has drawn fierce criticism from Democrats in both states.

Wire Placed in Sunland Park

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The wire, part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star to curb border crossings, was placed near Sunland Park, New Mexico, adjacent to El Paso.

Environmental Damage

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Abbott argued that migrants used this route to bypass fencing on the Texas side. However, the move has sparked accusations of environmental damage and harm to vulnerable migrants.

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Coils of Razor Wire Deployed

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Recent installations of razor wire along the Texas-New Mexico border expand upon the 18 miles of concertina wire laid by the National Guard on El Paso’s border with Mexico.

Democrats Unite in Opposition

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Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Jessica Velasquez issued a joint statement condemning Abbott’s actions.

Taxpayer-Funded “Stunt”

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They criticized it as a “stunt” funded by taxpayers, leading to environmental harm, community division, and harm to migrants.

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Operation Lone Star Under Fire

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Operation Lone Star, initiated by Abbott, represents one of several efforts to curb the influx of asylum-seekers into the U.S.

Over 2.2 million Encounters

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The border has witnessed over 2.2 million migrant encounters since August, according to Customs and Border Protection statistics.

New Mexico’s Response

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has not yet responded.

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Emphasis on Humane Immigration Laws

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In their statement, Democratic leaders praised New Mexico’s humane immigration laws and emphasized the importance of just and humane treatment for all asylum-seekers.
They criticized Abbott for focusing on divisive tactics and called for removing the barrier.

Abbott’s Viewpoint

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Abbott, addressing a conservative audience in New York City, claimed that migrants were circumventing the razor wire along the Texas border by entering through New Mexico.
He highlighted the need for border barriers between Texas and New Mexico.

A Call for Barrier Removal

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Both Texas and New Mexico Democratic party leaders called for removing the razor wire fencing immediately. They asserted that such actions worsen the border crisis and infringe upon citizens’ freedom to move across state lines.

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Challenges of Illegal Border Crossings

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August saw a record-high of 232,972 migrant encounters at the southern border, according to Customs and Border Protection.

Consequences For Migrants

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Authorities have emphasized the consequences migrants face, including a minimum five-year re-entry bar and loss of eligibility for lawful pathways.

Migrant Perspective

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Experts noted that many migrants, despite facing various policies, might consider the risks worth taking. The harsh conditions they flee often outweigh the potential difficulties at the U.S. border.

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Perceived Misery Levels

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Migrants may believe that no level of imposed policy hardship can match the dangers they escape, such as living in dangerous areas or slums in their home countries.

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