Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is expected to endorse former President Donald Trump for the GOP’s 2024 nomination at an event near the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday, according to GOP sources in Texas. The endorsement will take place in Edinburg, Texas, where Abbott holds an annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition of serving tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas National Guardsmen who are deployed along the southern border as part of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star program.
Abbott, who received Trump’s endorsement during his 2021 re-election campaign, is grateful for the support and is now returning the favor. Trump is currently the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024, with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley competing for second place in the polls.
Trump’s lead in the polls has grown as he faces legal challenges, including four indictments related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Despite the charges, Trump’s support among Republican voters remains strong.
The meeting between Trump and Abbott near the border will draw attention to the issue of illegal immigration and border security, which has been a major concern for Republican voters. Republican leaders and politicians have heavily criticized President Biden’s administration for its handling of the surge in border crossings by migrants.
If elected, Trump has promised to launch the largest mass deportation effort in American history, reinstate travel bans, and bring back his “Remain in Mexico” program for non-Mexican asylum-seekers. He also plans to end automatic citizenship for children born in the U.S. to immigrants who entered the country illegally.
Biden’s re-election campaign has criticized Trump’s proposals, arguing that they violate the U.S. Constitution, the nation’s values, and the rights of immigrants. Abbott has also clashed with the Biden administration on border security issues, and the Texas legislature recently passed a controversial measure allowing state law enforcement officials to arrest suspected undocumented migrants.
The endorsement event with Trump will further highlight the divisive issue of immigration and border security in Texas politics.