Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday a major border security plan that involves building its own barriers along the border with Mexico and detaining illegal immigrants entering the state.
The new comprehensive plan to end illegal border crossings in Texas was announced at the Border Security Summit in Del Rio, which was attended by Texas law enforcement, county judges, mayors, district attorneys and landowners.
The Republican governor said he will sign state budgets that will allocate more than $ 1 billion to increase border security and that Texas will expand its border barrier, which will give more details next week.
He also said that Texas will arrest illegal immigrants who enter the state. “We’re going to start making arrests – texting anyone who thinks of coming here – you’re not going to have a free pass. You are going to have a direct pass to a cell, “he wrote in Twitter.
The new order builds on Abbott’s catastrophe declaration directed to the Texas Department of Public Safety to enforce all federal and state criminal laws for trespassing, trespassing, smuggling and human trafficking. The disaster declaration also called for more prison space for arrested illegal immigrants.
As part of the enhanced border security plan, a new “Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security” will meet every two weeks to discuss updates on the southern border and make recommendations on ways to stop the crisis, Abbott said. . The task force will be made up of representatives from multiple state agencies.
In addition, both Texas and Arizona will join an interstate compact, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, under which both Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will seek support from other states to dispatch security officers to assist in arrests and incarceration. Both governors said they are also asking for resources such as drones and helicopters to help landowners, who have been suffering property damage due to increased illegal immigration.
In a statement, Abbott said that the Biden administration’s policies led to the humanitarian crisis on the southern border with “record levels” of illegal immigrants, drugs and contraband entering Texas.
“Although securing the border is the responsibility of the federal government, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” said the Texas governor. “The state is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the crisis to arrest and detain individuals who enter Texas illegally.”
“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, arrest criminals, protect property owners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve. This is an unprecedented crisis, and Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen. “
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