Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that the state budget will provide $250 million in funding to help build his announced border wall on the U.S. southern border between Mexico and Texas.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Abbott announced that the state of Texas will pick up where the federal government left off.
He also said that $250 million was more than enough to hire a project manager and a contractor to begin building a wall in the Lone Star State. “Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border.”
Abbott did not say how long the wall might eventually be, where the wall might be built, or the total cost of the entire project. He added that would be determined by any project manager that he has directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally announced today that Texas will build its own border wall, as he accused the Biden administration of abandoning its responsibility to protect the southern U.S. border.
Texas is putting a down payment of $250 Million.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) June 16, 2021
Finishing The Work Of Trump
When Donald Trump took office, he declared the crisis on the border a national emergency.
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Gov. Abbott is not waiting for the federal government to come and assist with the border crisis, but is finishing the work of former President Donald Trump, who made it a cornerstone of his campaign in 2016 to build a wall on the southern border.
Trump will be visiting the border at the end of this month at the invitation of Abbott.
About 450 miles of border wall had been completed by the Trump administration, most of that being in Arizona.
Abbott said that he expected that there will be private donors willing to help pay for the wall, and expects that some land may also be donated: “My belief based upon conversations that I’ve already had is that the combination of state land as well as volunteer land will yield hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas.”
Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border.
In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) June 16, 2021
How Funds Will Be Allocated
According to a report from The Hill, a letter to Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, went out asking that $250 million be transferred from a general fund to a disaster fund.
From there, the money will go to the Texas Facilities Commission for wall construction.
The letter explained the urgency of a wall, due to the federal government’s failure to address issues related to non-enforcement of laws including, increased illegal crossings, damage to Texans’ crops and property, larger rates of human trafficking and smuggling, additional drugs and “a dangerous escalation in cartel violence.”
The letter continued in part,“These threats to our citizens cannot remain unaddressed; if the federal government refuses to face them, the State will.”
God Bless Texas! https://t.co/L2hFVpnf8f
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) June 13, 2021
What Texas Democrats Are Saying As Migrants Continue To Cross The Border
State Democrat lawmakers in Texas say they were “surprised” by the Governor’s push to finish the wall with state funds.
Sen. Cesar Blanco of El Paso said, “Building a wall from El Paso to Brownsville is the most expensive and least effective way to do border security and it’s a huge waste of taxpayer money.” He added if the state wanted to beef up border security, it should invest in modern technology which would be ‘less expensive’ than building a wall.
Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Texas David Donatti said that Texas officials were trying, “to reinstate harmful policies implemented by the Trump administration.”
When Joe Biden became President, not only did he announce that “not another foot of wall” would be constructed on his watch, but he terminated the national emergency declared by Trump.
Meanwhile, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were 180,034 border crossings in May, compared to fewer than 25,000 in the latter part of 2020.
At the press conference announcing the building of the wall in Texas, Gov. Abbott stated, “The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result.”
Texas will finish what President Trump started.
Later this week, I will unveil our plans to build a border wall.
The Lone Star State will do what Biden REFUSES to do — protect our citizens along the southern border. pic.twitter.com/qQ7vQTDWAI
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 15, 2021
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