As the unique standoff between the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Border Patrol at Shelby Park continues, state officials are blasting the Biden administration for facilitating illegal entry into Texas.

In an interview on Steve Bannon’s “War Room,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton accused the Biden administration of working with the cartels to increase illegal immigration. 

“There may not be a written accusation that says that, but in fact, yes, that’s exactly what they’re doing,” Paxton stated

He continued further by saying, “They [the Biden administration] have turned our border into a place where the cartels know that they can basically drop people off, and they’re not trying to hide anymore.”

Paxton also said that while the cartels used to sneak across the border under all other administrations, now they go straight to border patrol and are getting paid per person who is dropped off over the border. 

In a recent Fox News interview, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that what Texas is doing is very simple in terms of border security. “The Biden administration has really truly abdicated its responsibility to secure the border and enforce the laws. Texas, very simply, is securing the border. And so we’ve put up the razor wire that we’re talking about, Bill, and we’ve put up all these barricades that actually have denied illegal entry,” he continued. 

Abbott posted on X on Thursday that “Texas has a constitutional right to defend and protect itself. We will continue to hold the line.”

This comes as border patrol agents are currently attempting to get access to Shelby Park in Eagle Pass and cut Texas’ concertina wire fencing. However, in response, Texas placed more razor wire fencing along the border as part of its Operation Lone Star initiative.

According to CNN, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanded that the state of Texas give it “full access” to the border park by today, January 26. 

In a letter dated as being sent on January 14, DHS General Counsel Jonathan Meyer said, “I am writing to demand that Texas immediately cease and desist any actions taken by the State that block Border Patrol’s full access to the U.S.-Mexico border in and around the Shelby Park area.”

“We demand that Texas cease and desist its efforts to block Border Patrol’s access in and around the Shelby Park area and remove all barriers to access in the Shelby Park area,” the letter continued.

Yet, the state of Texas is continuing to “hold the line” at the southern border, with the support of 25 Republican governors from across the nation. 

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.