Gov. Abbott reveals state’s efforts to secure southern border, including border wall project

President Joe Biden, in stark contrast to his predecessor, has been exceedingly lax in enforcing border security and immigration laws, including ceasing all ongoing work to complete construction of the new border wall system begun during former President Donald Trump’s administration.

While Biden has essentially stood down in terms of protecting the nation’s southern border, Texas under Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has stood up, in place of the feds, to defend the nation’s sovereignty, including with its own planned construction of border walls and barriers, Fox News reported.

The governor, on Wednesday, joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson to provide a brief update on what the state was already doing, and still planned to do in the near future.

Border wall going up

With regard to the construction of barriers along the Texas border with Mexico, Gov. Abbott told Carlson, “Texas is stepping up and we are building our own border wall. That process has already begun.”

“We are in the process of getting bids on it and I am told to expect part of the Texas wall to be completed before the end of this calendar year,” he added.

Deploying National Guard

Prior to that, Gov. Abbott discussed more broadly the efforts the state was making to try and secure the southern border in the absence of any legitimate efforts by the Biden administration.

He revealed that Texas had deployed 6,500 National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers on the border, where they are identifying locations in need of additional security measures to reduce illicit crossings, including using razor wire, and even large empty cargo ship containers to serve as temporary barricades blocking possible entry points.

“And then on top of that, if they do come across the border, the National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety are authorized to arrest any of these people who make it through our blockade efforts and put them in jail for violating a crime of criminal trespassing in the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

Texas self-funding

These efforts by Texas did not suddenly spring up overnight, but rather stem from planning over the past several months that included Gov. Abbott signing legislation in September providing $1.8 billion over two years for border security — funding that covers the costs of courts, equipment, jails, personnel, and, yes, border barriers and walls.

“Our border crisis goes beyond the Rio Grande Valley and our South Texas communities — the smuggling of drugs, people, and weapons reaches far and wide throughout our state, and it affects all of us,” Abbott said in a statement at that time. “That is why border security funding is crucial to our efforts to keep the entire state of Texas safe and secure. This funding will provide our agency partners with even more support to address the influx of unlawful migrants and prevent dangerous people and contraband from entering our state.”

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