Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas would face a growing security crisis by building its own border wall and carrying out mass arrests to deter illegal aliens, after the Biden administration opened the floodgates on migrants.
Construction of some border gates will begin immediately, Abbott said Thursday at a security summit in Del Rio, Texas. Plans to start building a border wall will be announced next week. The Republican governor took the opportunity to sign a budget bill setting aside more than $ 1 billion for border security measures, as well as an interstate pact with Arizona to help each other amid the crisis .
“We will do everything we can to secure the border, and it starts immediately, today, right here in Val Verde County,” he said to an enthusiastic crowd. The complete solution, however, will require actions from Congress and the White House.
The biggest applause erupted after Abbott announced the border wall, resuscitating an effort that began under former President Donald Trump. Work on sections of the wall from Arizona to Texas was halted when President Joe Biden took office in January. Biden swore not to build “Another foot” wall at the US-Mexico border.
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Abbott said Biden’s policies led to an unprecedented increase in migrant smuggling, with border arrests increasing tenfold from a year earlier to more than 170,000 in April, then topping 180,000 in May . The result has been damage to crops and livestock on Texas farms and ranches, as well as an increase in home invasions, drug trafficking and human trafficking, he argued. The Texas Rangers reported an 800% increase in fentanyl seizures in the first four months of this year, capturing enough of the drug to kill 21 million people.
“You shouldn’t have to face this danger in your community, and change is needed” this Abbott.
Cartels, drug traffickers and human traffickers are profiting from the crisis, and illegal migrants are pouring in from 160 countries – including non-traditional places like Senegal, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan – Abbott said.
Last month, Abbott issued a disaster declaration in 34 Texas counties to free up more state resources to fight “Criminal activities arising from the Biden border crisis”. He said another disaster declaration would be made next week, broadening the effort.
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The security effort will include enlisting national and local law enforcement officers to arrest illegal aliens for crimes ranging from trespassing and criminal mischief to drug trafficking. Abbott said prosecutors will be called upon to secure convictions and additional prison space will be provided to accommodate the expected increase in the number of prisoners.
These efforts will help create an environment that illegal aliens do not want to enter Texas. “Because it is not what they expected, it is not the red carpet that the federal administration has rolled out for them”, this Abbott. “They go to jail in the state of Texas. “
The state government will also help Texas landowners obtain compensation from the federal government for damages resulting from the policies of the Biden administration.
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