Governor Greg Abbott said Texas will address an escalating security crisis by building its own border wall and making mass arrests to deter illegal aliens, after the Biden administration opened up the migrant floodgates.
Construction of some border barriers will begin immediately, Abbott said on Thursday at a security summit in Del Rio, Texas. Plans to start building a border wall will be announced next week. The Republican governor used the occasion to sign budget legislation setting aside more than $1 billion for border-security measures, as well as an interstate pact with Arizona to assist each other amid the crisis.
“We are going to do everything we can to secure the border, and it begins immediately, today, right here in Val Verde County,” he told a cheering crowd. The full solution will require actions by Congress and the White House, however.
The biggest applause erupted after Abbott announced the border wall, resuscitating an effort that began under former President Donald Trump. Work on wall sections from Arizona to Texas was halted when President Joe Biden took office in January. Biden has vowed not to build “another foot” of wall on the US-Mexico border.