Abbott on border crisis: ‘There must be consequences’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Last week, Attorney General Greg Abbott visited the Texas-Mexico Border as the state deals with an influx of undocumented immigrants.

Abbott spoke via satellite with KXAN’s Shannon Wolfson about the tour, the problem and the race for Governor.

“I was down here in McAllen and I visited with the border patrol to get information from them firsthand about what they’re seeing on the ground,” Abbott said. “Then I toured the main intake facility and saw the crush of children and adults who had come in just the last 24 hours.”

“There must be consequences for people who come here illegally,” Abbott added.

The Republican candidate for governor said Texas can easily cooperate with the Federal Government and that visits from Washington leaders are important.

“When they come here and see firsthand what we’re dealing with and see the consequences that it poses for the entire country, we thing that they will begin the process… and they should begin the process… of stepping up and helping Texas address our cross-border issue,” Abbott said.

You can watch the full interview in the video associated with this story. State of Texas: In-Depth can be seen every Sunday morning at 8:30 during KXAN News Today. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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