According to Breitbart, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has revealed that the state of Texas is seriously considering suing the United States government over the rising costs of the current border crisis.
“There are costs to all of this: the humanitarian crisis, healthcare, and law enforcement demands. As Attorney General, I am looking into taking legal action against the United States,” said Abbott.
The issue of unaccompanied minors coming over the border has pushed the situation over the edge. Abbot worries about the effect this will have on Texas School districts in terms of costs and disruptions. The crisis was not made clear to the state or the schools until after they were out for summer vacation, and the government has offered no plan as to what to do with the over 60,000 illegal immigrant children now in Texas.
This would not be the first time that Texas has sued the government. They previously sued The United States in the 1990s over healthcare, education and law enforcement costs. Texas claimed that the government’s failure with its border security obligations should result in reimbursement in these other areas. Texas ultimately lost the case after the 5th circuit court ruled against them.
When asked about this, Abbot replied, “It was a political question. We are looking at a change of circumstances that will allow us to distinguish this suit from the 1990’s action. We think we have a change of circumstance.”
It remains to be seen if Texas will in fact sue the government and what effect this could have on the border crisis as a whole.
H/T: Tell Me Now