Press Release

Congressman Cuellar Releases Statement in Response to Governor Abbott’s Border Declaration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), June 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) released the following statement regarding Governor Abbott’s border declaration and the Department of Homeland Security’s termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program (MPP):  

“Today, Governor Abbott announced a “disaster declaration” along Texas’s southern border. I cannot in good conscience agree with the governor’s decision - this is not a disaster. As someone who lives on the border, our communities are dealing with a complex humanitarian crisis. That said, the Biden administration is working to address the root causes of this influx - providing resources and aid - as well as strengthening Diplomatic efforts in Central America. I remain dedicated to supporting Texans with the vital resources they need to deal with the unique conditions of living along the border. This includes federal funding for city and county governments, local law enforcement, nongovernmental organizations, and working closely with state and federal agencies on the frontlines. I look forward to continuing this partnership while providing our local communities with federal support,” said Congressman Cuellar. “Furthermore, as a border representative, I am disappointed in the termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols Program. Secretary Mayorkas determined that MPP does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management to justify the program’s extensive operational burdens. However, I believe that its termination will leave many border communities overburdened. I am committed to providing these communities with the appropriate resources to handle the influx of migrants safely and efficiently. I look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Governor Abbott on ways to secure the border and establish policies that allow for migrants to enter this country safely and legally.”