Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is using the state’s southern border as an expensive campaign prop, spending billions of tax dollars on harebrained policies that callously use migrants as political pawns and threaten to worsen inflation by snarling the flow of commerce into the U.S.
Abbott says his policies, which include ordering secondary inspections of
commercial trucks from Mexico and sending busloads of migrants and asylum seekers to Washington, D.C., are necessary because the Biden administration isn’t stopping drugs, guns and unauthorized immigrants from entering the country. Border security and enforcement are federal responsibilities, however, and Abbott is only making things worse.
Even some Republican leaders who are supportive of hardline border security measures can see — as all Texans should — what’s really going on: Abbott is…