Governor Greg Abbott said Texas plans to build a wall on the Mexican border in a bid to tackle the ongoing immigration crisis.
- Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas plans to build a wall to tackle the immigration crisis.
- Texas state legislators already passed a budget that included about $1 billion in funding toward border security measures.
- According to the governor, President Biden’s administration is “not getting the job done”.
On Thursday, June 10, Governor Greg Abbott announced he is about to uncover plans for the construction of a wall along the state’s shared border with Mexico. As per FOX News, this is the governor’s response to the current immigration crisis.
During an official press conference, Abbott stated:
“The ability to arrest will be enhanced by building border barriers. Some of these border barriers will be built immediately, and whenever anybody tries to modify, attempt, or get through any of these border barriers, that in itself is a crime for which they can be arrested.
But, on top of that, I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall.”
The Texas governor also announced the formation of a task force to lead the state’s response to the border crisis.
However, Abbott did not share details on the border wall’s expected cost or when the construction may occur. Although, he mentioned that state legislators passed a budget that included roughly $1 billion in funding toward border security measures.
“We just passed a budget where more than a billion dollars will be spent by the state of Texas where we are going to escalate the war against those coming across our border because President Biden and his administration are not getting the job done.”
Gov. Abbott is amongst the Republicans accruing President Biden’s immigration policies of causing the ongoing border crisis. Moreover, he singled out the president’s decision to reverse the Migrant Protection Protocols from the former presidency, which required migrants to remain in the country while awaiting court proceedings. The governor commented:
“These challenges that we’re talking about are a direct result of the open border policies in place right now. Look at the numbers to see it.”
Furthermore, earlier this month, Abbott issued a disaster declaration securing additional resources for counties along the southern border. He then claimed:
“[Biden’s policies] have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities.”