Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Sunday that his state’s border with Mexico is so porous that ‘more than 20,000’ illegal immigrants have crossed it since January 1.

The startling claim comes as congressional Republicans are pushing hard against President Obama’s ‘executive amnesty’ plan that would mainstream more than 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

‘We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away,’ Abbott said on the CBS show ‘Face the Nation.’

‘Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.’

Obama’s plan that he announced in November doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. in the last five years.

The president outlined his intentions four months ago and framed them as an effort to reprioritize scarce Homeland Security Department resources in a way that focused more on new border-crossers and less on people the White House sees as otherwise law-abiding residents.

‘If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up,’ Obama said Nov. 20.

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