The southern border has become an increasingly important issue as illegal immigration continues to surge ever since President Joe Biden took office, but now one governor is standing up to the administration.
Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott blasted Biden this week and announced a comprehensive border security plan, including that Texas would build its own border wall.
“President Biden’s open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas,” Abbott said.
“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. The state is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally. Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, 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.”
The announcement drew headlines around the country as the latest development while the Biden administration struggles to cope with the flood of illegal immigrants.
Immigration data showed that in May more than 180,000 illegal immigrants were met by border patrol as they tried to enter the country illegally.
“Governor Abbott addressed landowners, ranchers, and farmers from border communities who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the surge in illegal immigration,” the governor’s office said. “The Governor offered for the Task Force to work with them on ways to recover their damages. Governor Abbott noted his intent to sign the state budgets that appropriates more than one billion dollars to increase border security. The Governor also announced that the State of Texas will be taking decisive action to expand the border barrier. More details will be provided next week.”