WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said that he will soon build a border wall along the state’s southern border to address the immigration crisis.
- Abbott denounced President Joe Biden’s reversal of former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” immigrant policy.
- The migrant encounters in Texas remarkably ballooned as Biden re-opened the border.
In a bid to address the current immigration crisis, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX.) announced on Thursday that he would soon reveal the plan to build a border wall across the state’s shared border with Mexico.
“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,” he said. “But, on top of that, I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall.”
The governor did not give any information about the commencement and the timeline of the construction. He said, though, that state lawmakers approved a measure that would include an allocation of $1 billion for border security matters. He also revealed that a task force was assembled to take on the ongoing crisis concerning immigration.
Abbott is one of the staunch critics of President Joe Biden’s immigration policy. In his first day in office, Biden flipped over former President Donald Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols, which was also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The GOP governor was attributing the migration surge to the Democrat president.
“These challenges that we’re talking about are a direct result of the open border policies in place right now,” Abbott said. “Look at the numbers to see it.”
Abbott made a disaster declaration earlier this month so he could obtain additional funds for the counties’ situation on the border. Back then, he said that Biden’s policies “have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities.”
According to the Customs and Border Protection, there were over 180,000 migrant encounters at the Texas-Mexico border in May, significantly higher than the 23,000 encounters within the same period last year.
Source: FOX News