Posted: Jun 27, 2014 9:17 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 2:57 PM
McALLEN - The number of illegal immigrants surrendering to Border Patrol has hit an all-time high, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
Abbott said the state will spend millions in an effort to secure the Rio Grande Valley. The AG said the federal government will ultimately be responsible for reimbursing the state that money.
Abbott is the latest official to tour Border Patrol processing centers in the Valley. He said the number of illegal immigrants surrendering in the Valley increased from about 1,000 a day to 1,500.
"The task is enormous," Abbott said.
Abbott said the Texas Department of Public Safety will spend approximately $1.3 million a week to patrol the region.
"It may wind up being more than that when it's all said and done," Abbott said.
The border security efforts will continue through the end of the year, Abbott said.
"I made a request to Jeh Johnson, the secretary of Homeland Security, to provide $30 million to the state of Texas to help us pay for the cost of these operations," Abbott said.
"If they fail to pay for what is their responsibility, I will take legal action seeking reimbursement from the federal government for all the out-of-pocket costs incurred by the state of Texas," Abbott said.
Abbott said the surge in illegal immigration will stop when the president makes it clear to the Central Americans that they will not be allowed to stay in the United States.