Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott just announced during a press conference that the state has made a massive down payment on a border wall built around the state’s southern border – in an effort to combat the crisis created by Democrat President Joe Biden.
In a letter, Abbott directed Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, to “transfer $250 million in General Revenue to the Disaster Fund within the Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor” for “a down payment to begin design and construction of physical barriers on voluntarily donated private and public lands that border this state and Mexico.”
At the Wednesday press conference, the Texas gov. slammed Biden and his administration, saying they had “abandoned their responsibilities to secure the border, and Texans are suffering as a result.”
“The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction,” Abbott said.
“Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses. Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed. In the Biden administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.”
Abbott added that he expects “hundreds of miles” of new wall to be built in the state.
Abbott also sent a letter to Biden demanding that he “immediately return to Texans any land taken by the federal government but not used for building a border wall.”
“Texas stands ready to build the wall in Texas, and we have begun the process of hiring a manager to oversee that project,” Abbott wrote.
“We will look first at using state property and donated private property. We will also visit with Texans whose land was taken by the federal government to determine if they will allow the State of Texas to build a wall on their land.”
Abbott also noted that he has repeatedly reached out to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris about “the substantial surge in illegal border crossings that your Administration is allowing, and about the escalating humanitarian crisis it is causing at the Texas border.”
“Your immigration policies are making Texas ‘ground zero’ for a dramatic influx of unlawful immigrants, but all of America will suffer from the flood of dangerous drugs, human traffickers, and convicted criminals that may cause harm in other states after entering through Texas,” he added.
Biden’s border crisis has been a full-blown disaster, with last month seeing more illegals apprehended than at any other point in the history of the Department of Homeland Security, which was created in 2002.
Author: Blake Ryder
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