Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is set to team up with former President Donald Trump near the U.S.-Mexico border, and there’s a possibility that Abbott may endorse Trump for the 2024 GOP nomination.
The two will meet on Sunday in Edinburg, Texas, for Abbott’s annual tradition of serving tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas National Guardsmen deployed along the southern border as part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star program. Multiple sources have confirmed this information to Fox News.
During Abbott’s re-election campaign, Trump endorsed him in 2021, showing his support for the conservative governor who was facing challenges from the right in the primary.
Abbott won his re-nomination easily in March last year and went on to secure a third term as governor of Texas by comfortably defeating his Democratic challenger, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, in November.
Those close to Abbott have expressed his gratitude for Trump’s endorsement during the previous cycle, leading to speculation that Abbott may return the favor by endorsing Trump this weekend.
Trump, who is making his third attempt at the presidency, is currently the clear frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley trailing far behind in the polls.
Trump’s support among Republican voters has continued to grow despite facing four indictments for various charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. His visit to Texas to meet with Abbott near the border will draw attention to the contentious issue of illegal immigration and border security.
This issue has been a major concern for Republican voters, and GOP leaders and politicians have heavily criticized President Biden’s administration for its handling of the surge in border crossings by migrants.
If Trump were to win the presidency again in 2024, he has pledged to initiate the largest mass deportation effort in American history. He would reinstate travel bans and revive his “Remain in Mexico” program, which required non-Mexican asylum-seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico until their cases were resolved.
Additionally, Trump has expressed his desire to end automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. to immigrants who entered the country illegally, a proposal he put forth during his previous administration.
The Biden 2024 re-election campaign has criticized Trump’s immigration proposals as “scary,” arguing that they would violate the U.S. Constitution, the nation’s values, and the rights of immigrants. Abbott has also been a vocal advocate for border security and has clashed with the Biden administration on multiple occasions.
In a recent special session called by Abbott, the Texas legislature passed a controversial measure that permits state law enforcement officials to arrest suspected undocumented migrants, resulting in backlash from Democrats.
The news of Trump’s upcoming visit to Texas and the potential endorsement by Abbott was first reported by The Messenger earlier on Wednesday evening.