Gov. Abbott Has Made Immigration Central to His Re-Election Campaign

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, facing re-election for a third term in November, has positioned himself as the defender of the country from migrants, making his aggressive stance on unauthorized migration central to his political campaign, even though his policies have been ultimately unsuccessful in stemming the arrival of migrants.

Even though the federal government enforces immigration law, Mr. Abbott has poured billions into sending state police and the National Guard to the border, repurposed state prisons to hold migrants charged with trespassing and set up check points for trucks from Mexico, disrupting international trade.

His Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke, has criticized Mr. Abbott for staging “stunts” and failing to achieve any meaningful progress in his years as…

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