WASHINGTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Thursday that his state would build a wall along the border with Mexico and blamed President Joe Biden’s policies for the humanitarian crisis on the southern border.
The Republican governor announced plans to build the barrier at a border security summit held in Del Rio, a city along Texas’ southwestern border, and said he would release more details next week.
It is not clear whether Abbott has the authority to build a wall on the southern border of his kingdom; While some of the land is owned by the federal and state governments, much is also private property, which was an obstacle to the Trump administration in its efforts to build the wall.
At the summit, Abbott acknowledged that it is the federal government’s responsibility to protect the border, but added, “Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis escalates.”
“The state is working closely with the communities affected by the crisis to arrest and detain individuals who illegally enter Texas,” Abbott said. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landlords, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans the help they need and deserve. “
Abbott said that those who enter Texas illegally will face arrest and imprisonment for trespassing and announced that he has announced how to prevent undocumented immigrants and illegal banned substances from entering the country. A task force has been set up to help formulate the idea.
As soon as Biden took office in January, he signed an order that halted all construction on the southern border and began a 60-day review of Trump’s project. In late April, the Biden administration announced that it would scrap all border wall construction that was subsidized with redirected military funding.
Abbott’s announcement comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of migration to the US across the southern border. The administration has come under fire from Republicans for not going to the border yet.
In an interview with Granthshala Nightly News anchor Lester Holt this week, Harris did not disagree that work on the border needed to be done, but said “it may not be the only way to deal with the issue, which We know the issue which is not only about effect but about causation. And the piece of causality is important.”
“There is not going to be a quick fix” in the border situation, and the US “will not see an immediate withdrawal” as a result of the actions taken by the administration, she said.
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