The wall will be part of a comprehensive border security package in the Lone Star State that will included arresting illegal immigrants.
“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,” said Governor Abbott. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows.”
Abbott appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News from the border near Del Rio to make the announcement.
“To make a fine point on it, we have to build a border wall,” Abbott told Ingraham. “I’ve been down here talking to the people in the Rio Grande Valley and the way they are being overrun is reprehensible, it’s disastrous what the Biden administration has done.”
Abbott also announced that the state of Texas and Arizona have agreed to invoke an interstate compact that calls upon the assistance of other states to send law enforcement personnel to both states to make arrests and secure jails to defend the border.
Both states will also deploy drones and helicopters on the border to “help landowners who are dealing with damage to their property.”
Texas will allocate $1 billion from its border budget to address the crisis, even as the Biden administration refuses to spend the $2 billion budget that has been allocated to help secure the southern border.
“Texas has done more than ANY STATE has ever done to protect the border. But, more is needed. Tonight, I’ll announce additional action Texas is taking to secure the border and keep Texans safe,” Abbott tweeted Thursday night prior to the announcement.
Texas has done more than ANY STATE has ever done to protect the border.
But, more is needed.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 10, 2021
Texas has also created a task force that will meet bi-weekly to coordinate actions on the border that includes the state’s leading law enforcement departments, jails, wildlife management and the state’s Attorney General.