After hinting at an upcoming announcement last week amid the growing border crisis, Gov. Greg Abbott officially announced a plan for the state of Texas to build its own southern border wall.
“The problems that people are experiencing on the border just continue to get worse,” said Abbott, flanked by Lt. Gov Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dade Phelan, and a group of Republican lawmakers from both chambers.
“Make no mistake, the border crisis we are experiencing right now are a direct result of the open border policies implemented by President Biden,” he added.
Abbott said that state agencies were in contact with private landowners on certain parts of the Texas-Mexico border to install fencing on their private land to curb the movement of illegal immigrants but that “more needed to be done.”
“Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to secure our border,” said Abbott.
To that end, Abbott signed a letter directing the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager in charge of the project. He signed another order, under a disaster declaration issued on the border earlier this month, directing $250 million of state funds towards a “down payment” to begin construction.
He also solicited citizens to make private donations to the effort as well.
Additionally, Abbott signed a letter to President Joe Biden asking for the federal government to return land along the border it had previously seized in order for Texas to continue construction of the wall.
Both Patrick and Phelan praised the move, with Patrick saying the order could be one of the “most important documents in the history of Texas.” Phelan announced he would task certain House committees with interim charges related to border security in the near future.
Legislation filed earlier this year by State Rep. Bryan
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