Texas: Governor Abbott Renews Border Security Disaster Declaration In April 2024

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has renewed his disaster proclamation for a number of counties and state agencies affected by the ongoing surge of individuals unlawfully crossing the Texas-Mexico border. The proclamation, originally issued on May 31, 2021, was amended several times to include more affected counties.

Under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott declared that the influx of individuals crossing the border posed an imminent threat of disaster for multiple counties and state agencies. This declaration was later modified to include additional counties as the situation continued.

Despite previous proclamations, Governor Abbott has deemed that the certified conditions still exist and continue to pose a threat of disaster. This is further supported by a local disaster declaration made by Coleman County.

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In accordance with his authority under Section 418.014, Governor Abbott has renewed his proclamation and declared a disaster for a total of 70 counties and all state agencies affected by this crisis. These include Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Brewster, Brooks, Caldwell, Cameron, Chambers, Coleman and many others.

All orders and directions provided in the original proclamation from May 31st as well as subsequent amendments are still in effect. Copies of this renewed proclamation will be filed with relevant authorities as required by law.

The official document was signed by Governor Abbott on April 16th, 2024 at his office in Austin and attested by Secretary of State Jane Nelson. The full text of the proclamation can be viewed on the Governor's website.

This renewal serves as a reminder that the situation at the Texas-Mexico border remains a pressing issue for both local communities and state agencies. As such, it is important for all parties involved to continue working towards finding a solution to this ongoing crisis.

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