Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott had recently announced that the lone state would build its own border wall with state funds and donations after a massive surge of illegal immigration in the state thanks to Biden’s weak policies.
On Saturday, Governor Abbott announced the first phase of this state border wall construction in Rio Grande City.
“The State of Texas has taken comprehensive action to secure our southern border and address the border crisis while President Biden has sat idly by,” Governor Abbott said.
“In June, I promised Texans that we would step up in the federal government’s absence and build our own border wall. We have wasted no time in the six months since that promise was made, and I am proud to announce that the construction of the Texas border wall is now underway.
Today not only represents the first phase of the Texas border wall, but it also serves as a major milestone in our efforts to combat illegal immigration, stop the smuggling of drugs and people, and keep our communities safe.” He added.
Just last week, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had announced that they have encountered over 173,620 illegal immigrants crossing the border just in the month of December. Which is 164,753 more than just the previous month of October. This number is doubled since last year.
This new wall is going to be constructed on state land managed by the Texas General Land Office, currently headed by Commissioner George P. Bush.
Bush appeared on Fox & Friends on Monday and announced that his agency is going to manage more than 200,000 acres of border wall in the state.
“And we’re going to take matters into our own hands, knowing in the next three years that we are not going to get assistance from the federal government on this issue.” He said.
“So, we are excited with the first stretch of wall that is being constructed to address one of the most trafficked corridors of violence that you will find in our entire state, a two-mile stretch where over 100 migrants come across on a daily basis.” He added.
Bush announced that most of the borderland is privately owned and the state is signing deals with private landowners so they can be a part of the national security effort.
The state has received an overwhelmingly positive response from private landowners who have allowed the state to build a wall on their property.
Bush recently went on a week-long tour of the Texas border from El Paso to McAllen. He shared his experience in this interview “And some landowners are asking, can I shoot? Can I shoot, to basically withstand the amount of surge that we are seeing? And of course we want a more peaceful approach to this, but building walls work. That’s what Border Patrol tells us. We would love for the private community to be a part of this effort.” He said.
“You know, when you talk to farmers and ranchers, a lot of them describe a kinder, gentler illegal immigration pattern in prior generations. But now it has reached such a heightened level of violence and insecurity where farmers and ranchers, including the one where we just built the first part of that wall, are now threatened on their own acreage and around their own property and that’s just, that’s unAmerican. We need a state like ours to step forward and continue that effort.” He added.
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