Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that his state will push forward and build its own wall at the southern border.
Abbott revealed the Lone Star State’s plans to Breitbart shortly before a border summit in Del Rio, Texas on Thursday. Those plans were confirmed at the summit and reported by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas,” he declared at the event.
Abbott indicated that the latest numbers at the border were the final straw for him to go forward and take action to protect citizens in his state.
“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” he said.
Abbott, according to Breitbart, believes the wall will serve two purposes – One, deterrence, and two, any tampering with it would lead to criminal charges.
“The state is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” he warned.
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Along with the border wall announcement, Governor Greg Abbott announced a slew of other security measures, including the creation of a Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security and providing $1 billion to tackle border issues.
“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve,” he explained.
“This is an unprecedented crisis, and Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had in early March claimed there is no crisis at the border, but a report from April indicated he had considered closing gaps in the border wall left unfilled by President Biden’s order to halt construction.
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It’s clear Governor Greg Abbott isn’t going to wait around for the Biden administration to fix the situation at the border and build the necessary wall.
He can’t and he shouldn’t.
Axios reported Monday night, “the number of migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year is already the most since 2006 — with four months left to go.”
And a new CBS News report underscores Abbott’s concern about the flow of dangerous drugs into Texas – because it affects not just Texans, but all Americans.
According to CBS News, “the cartels use a flood of migrants to move a river of drugs,” with President Biden’s policies contributing to a wave of heartbreak across America as families struggle with the opioid crisis.
Meanwhile, Biden’s immigration czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, just engaged in her first international trip to discover the “root causes” of illegal immigration.
Harris was criticized for laughing and rolling her eyes when confronted about not actually visiting the border.
Even the White House was “perplexed” by Harris’ response.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has said it is the Biden administration’s fault that people from his country are making the journey to the United States, also referencing how the drug cartels are taking advantage of the situation.
“We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving,” Giammattei revealed.
Instead, “The message changed to: ‘We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children,’” he added. “The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
Abbott told Breitbart, “In the end, only the federal government and Congress can fix this, but as it stands right now, the state of Texas is going to step up and we’re going to start making arrests — sending a message to anybody thinking about coming here, you’re not going to get a free pass to the U.S.”
“They’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell,” Abbott said.
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