MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Midland County Judge Terry Johnson says he and other leaders in Midland, were not informed about unaccompanied migrant children being sent to Midland until after the decision was already made.
U.S. Rep. August Pfluger posted on social media Sunday morning that he learned the Department of Health and Human Services would create an emergency intake center for unaccompanied migrant children in the Tall City.
The crisis at the southern border has been a focal point for Texas lawmakers and leaders in border cities in recent weeks as an influx of migrants has been recorded.
“So, the President has made clear, and this administration has made clear, that we are going to pursue an effective and humane immigration policy and unwind what we believe was the ineffective and inhumane police over the course of the last four years,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Friday. “We’ve made clear that now is not the time to come to the United States. ”We are dealing with a circumstance in which we have to build the capacity to be able to assess the asylum claims of individuals who arrive here, and we have to deal with the obvious public health efforts of a pandemic.”
Texas lawmakers have argued the opposite. Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, and more have said the policies of the Biden Administration sent a message that the border is open, creating a crisis at the southern border.
“Mr. President, please understand there is a crisis at our southern border and Texas communities are being overwhelmed,” Rep. Pfluger posted Sunday morning. “Policies which incentivize illegal mass migration, human trafficking, and the enterprise of cartels and coyotes must be stopped.”
Midland County Judge Terry Johnson says that neither he nor any other leaders in Midland County were notified of the decision to send migrant children to Midland until after the decision was made.
“Why was Midland selected and neither the Mayor, County Judge, Sheriff, Chief of Police nor the citizens of our community informed or engaged until after the fact,” Judge Johnson posted Sunday on social media.
Pfluger and other Republican leaders will be in El Paso Monday to receive an update from the U.S. Border Patrol.