State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) today called for a state of emergency, and a special session of the Legislature to deal with the surge of Central American children and other migrants into Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.
“The situation is untenable,” Davis said in a letter to Gov. Rick Perry, who she is hoping to succeed in January. “Federal borer agents and facilities are overwhelming trying to address this human crisis instead of focusing on their first priority to secure out border from drug smugglers, human traffickers, and terrorists.”
Davis praised Perry and the state’s Republican leadership for approving increased support to the Department of Public Safety, but she says more needs to be done.
Davis called for a state of emergency to be declared, saying the situation is as serious as any national disaster.
“A declaration of state emergency on your part as governor will provide communities with the essential resources, supplies, emergency services and facilities they need without further delay,” Davis said.
The Democratic governor candidate also called for ‘an immediate emergency special session of the Texas Legislature’ to deal with the problems caused by the rush of immigrants.
“Lawmakers need to pass emergency appropriations to provide local agencies with the resources they need in order to do their job in protecting local communities with the resources they need in order to do their job in protecting local communities and provide appropriate care for these individuals and families,” Davis said.
She also called on the Obama Administration to provide a sufficient number of immigration judges so those processed by the border patrol will receive an immediate hearing on their immigration requests and be deported if they cannot make a credible claim for asylum.
The Administration last week said additional judges was part of it’s plan to deal with the crisis.
Davis also demanded that the bill for all of the state’s expenses be sent to Washington DC. She said the federal government manages immigration in this country and it is the federal government’s responsibility for pay the costs of ‘any and all emergency funds spent by state and local authorities to address this emergency.’