National Security

Texas Gov Abbott Demands Investigation Into NGOs ‘Aiding Illegal Crossings’ At Border

[Screenshot Twitter Jorge Ventura]

Daily Caller News Foundation logo
Jennie Taer Investigative Reporter
Font Size:

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is demanding an investigation into nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) he says could be aiding and abetting the surge in illegal immigration at the southern border, according to a Wednesday statement.

Abbott sent a letter Wednesday to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton instructing him to investigate the groups’ roles in the border crisis. His concern lies with the continued record levels of illegal immigration and an even larger surge anticipated with the end of Title 42, a public health policy used to quickly expel certain illegal immigrants, expected on Dec. 21. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Regret’: ICE Apologizes For ‘Miscalculation’ Of Illegal Immigrant Data After DCNF Exposes Major Errors)

Some NGOs are aiding illegal migrants by helping them travel to reach the interior U.S., according to the Heritage Foundation, which tracked illegal immigrants through cell phone data in several areas of the border. For example, Doctors Without Borders hands migrants maps showing them the way to the border, the Daily Caller News Foundation discovered recently while reporting in Guatemala.

Border Patrol releases masses of illegal migrants to NGOs that can help coordinate travel, provide food and hand out clothes for those awaiting the adjudication of their asylum claims.

EL PASO, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 23: A helicopter flies along the U.S./Mexico border on September 23, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. Venezuelans have arrived in increasing numbers in El Paso, putting a strain on the city, as well as charitable organizations, to help migrants find housing and other aid. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

EL PASO, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 23 (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“There have been recent reports that non-governmental organizations may have assisted with illegal border crossings near El Paso,” Abbott’s letter stated. “We further understand NGOs may be engaged in unlawfully orchestrating other border crossings through activities on both sides of the border, including in sectors other than El Paso.”

CBP encountered a record of more than 2.3 million migrants in fiscal year 2022. More recently, the attention has been on El Paso, Texas, where migrant encounters are surpassing 2,000 each day.

Paxton’s office will investigate the NGOs, his office said in a statement Wednesday.

“Some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may be aiding and abetting this invasion. Therefore, to protect public safety and uphold the rule of law, my office will launch an investigation into these groups and will take action against any organization violating the law,” Paxton said.

All content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation, an independent and nonpartisan newswire service, is available without charge to any legitimate news publisher that can provide a large audience. All republished articles must include our logo, our reporter’s byline and their DCNF affiliation. For any questions about our guidelines or partnering with us, please contact