(Headline USA) Texas has received millions of dollars worth of border wall material that was originally slotted for former President Donald Trump’s wall, but was later abandoned by the Biden administration.
Texas announced last year that it would build and repair its own border wall after President Joe Biden pulled the plug on Trump’s border wall project. The construction project is being funded by the state government and private donors, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Texas Facilities Commission asked the General Services Administration in November for the 32-foot steel bollard panels, which are considered property the federal government no longer needs, said TFC spokeswoman Francoise Luca.
The panels are worth around $6 million, and will be enough to construct about 1.7 miles of border wall.
The Biden administration abandoned more than $265 million worth of building materials after it defunded Trump’s border wall project. Most of these materials have been left at dormant construction sites near the wall.
“We will continue to monitor the General Services Administration material list, and if there’s ever anything that we can use for construction, we’re open to that,” Luca said.
Texas launched construction of its own border wall project in December.
“Texas is taking what truly is unprecedented action by any state ever for a state to build a wall on our border to secure the sovereignty of the United States as well as our own state,” Abbott said at the time.
“And this unprecedented action is needed for one single reason, and that’s because the Biden administration has failed to do its job as required by law as passed by Congress to enforce the immigration laws of the United States of America,” he said.