Abbott slammed for claiming that South Africans are entering the country illegally


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been slammed for claiming that South Africans are entering the United States illegally, and crossing the borders.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott.Gage Skidmore / Flickr

On Sunday, Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter to express his 'xenophobia' by claiming that immigrants have been apprehended crossing borders illegally from South Africa.

The governor said that U.S. President Joe Biden banned travel from South Africa because of the new Omicron Covid variant.

He alleges that South Africans took upon themselves to enter the United States illegally and have now been apprehended across the border.

This comes after the United States slapped the Southern Africa region with a travel ban on Friday due to scientists' discovery of the Omicron variant in South Africa.

The decision came after a meeting between Dr. Anthony Fauci, and his team had with the South African Health Ministry.

The two nations hoped the meeting would help them understand the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus and table a way forward on any danger that it imposes.

Scientists from the United States, including pharmaceutical companies, have been provided with samples by South Africa to begin dissecting the new variant.

This is why the travel ban was instituted by President Joe Biden, to allow experts to work hard in figuring a way to deal with the variant.

However, in his tweet, Governor Abbott refuted this decision by saying that President Biden is doing nothing to stop immigrants from South Africa from entering the country illegally.

The governor's tweet was met with many critiques not only from the United States but South Africans deliberated their views too.

One user mentioned how the geography behind what the governor is claiming does not add up at all and how there is no border that South Africans are crossing.

As most people pointed out, Governor DeSantis seemed to have chosen words (thinking Southern Border and South Africa were closer) and said them with no regard to them being true or not.

The most pivotal point that one Twitter user mentioned is how South Africans only fly into the United States on Tourist Visas and that no one is crossing illegally from the Southern Border.

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