Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced at a press conference on Wednesday that Texas will build its own border wall.
“Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” he said.
“My belief, based upon conversations that I’ve already had, is a combination of state land as well as volunteer land will yield hundreds of miles to build a wall in the state of Texas,” he said.
“To ensure sufficient funding for Texas’ ongoing response to this crisis, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) shall transfer $250 million in General Revenue to the Disaster Fund within the Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor,” read the letter to the Executive Director of TDCJ Bryant Collier.
“Though securing the international border and protecting the life and property of its citizens surrounding that border is the duty of the federal government, the current administration has shown time and time again an unwillingness to embrace this fundamental responsibility.”
“As noted in the disaster declaration, Texas has invested a significant amount of its own resources to take action where the federal government has failed. This failure has led to a substantial increase in unlawful crossings; damage to Texans’ crops, livestock, and property; greater occurrences of human trafficking and smuggling; additional drugs, including lethal fentanyl, flooding our streets; and a dangerous escalation in cartel violence. These threats to our citizens cannot remain unaddressed; if the federal government refuses to face them, the State will.”