Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas will endorse former President Donald Trump for his or her occasion’s 2024 nomination when the 2 group up Sunday close to the U.S.-Mexico border, GOP sources in Texas affirm to Fox News.
The former president will be a part of the governor in Edinburg, Texas, for Abbott’s annual pre-Thanksgiving custom of serving tamales to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas National Guardsmen deployed alongside the southern border below the governor’s Operation Lone Star program.
Trump endorsed Abbott in 2021, because the conservative governor was gearing up for re-election and confronted a number of main challenges from the suitable. Abbott overwhelmingly gained renomination in March of final 12 months earlier than comfortably defeating Democratic challenger former Rep. Beto O’Rourke final November to safe a 3rd time period steering Texas.
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Abbott was grateful for Trump’s early endorsement final cycle, in response to these within the governor’s political orbit, and he is now apparently returning the favor.
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Trump, who’s making his third straight White House run, is the commanding front-runner for the Republican 2024 nomination, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley at the moment vying for a distant second place within the polls.
Trump’s lead expanded over the spring and summer time as he made historical past as the primary former or present president in American historical past to be indicted for a criminal offense. Trump’s 4 indictments — together with in federal court docket in Washington D.C. and in Fulton County court docket in Georgia on expenses he tried to overturn his 2020 presidential election loss — have solely fueled his help amongst Republican voters.
The former president’s journey to Texas to satisfy with Abbott close to the border will highlight the flamable concern of unlawful immigration and border safety. The concern’s lengthy been high of thoughts for Republican voters, and GOP leaders and politicians for 2 and a half years have closely criticized President Biden’s administration over the surge in border crossings by migrants.
Trump has pledged, if he wins again the White House, to launch the most important mass deportation effort in American historical past, would reinstate journey bans in addition to his 2019 “Remain in Mexico” program, which pressured non-Mexican asylum-seekers aiming to enter the U.S. on the southern border to attend in Mexico for the decision of their instances. Trump additionally mentioned he’d search to finish automated citizenship for kids born within the U.S. to immigrants who entered the nation illegally, an concept he proposed throughout his administration.
Biden’s 2024 re-election marketing campaign has slammed Trump’s “scary” proposals, arguing that it might violate the U.S. Constitution, the nation’s values, and the rights of immigrants.
Border safety has additionally lengthy been a high concern for Abbott, who’s sparred repeatedly with the Biden administration.
The Texas legislature, throughout a particular session referred to as by the governor, this week handed a controversial measure permitting state legislation enforcement officers to arrest suspected undocumented migrants. Democrats have pilloried the strict immigration invoice.
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