On Wednesday morning, donations to the Border Wall site: www.borderwall.texas.gov surpassed $400,000 just one week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the initiative. The site accepts voluntary donations to the construction of the border wall President Donald J. Trump initiated.
“The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result,” said Governor Abbott. “The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction.”
“Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses.”
“Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed,” Abbott stated. “In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.”
Florida and Nebraska were quick to offer help as the Biden Administration works to make the problems more difficult to manage.
There have been more than 900,000 apprehensions at the southern border so far in fiscal year 2021, with 180,034 in May alone. As Customs and Border Protection (CBP) grows more overwhelmed by the day, rather than sending aid to the border, the Biden and his sidekick Kamala Harris administration continue to make things more challenging.
Nebraska is sending two dozen state troopers to Texas for 16 days. In a press release, Governor Pete Ricketts stated “Nebraska is stepping up to help Texas respond to the ongoing crisis on their border with Mexico.”
“The disastrous policies of the Biden-Harris administration created an immigration crisis on the border. While the federal government has fallen short in its response, Nebraska is happy to step up to provide assistance to Texas as they work to protect their communities and keep people safe.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated, “We have a crisis at our border – a crisis created by bad policies. With the federal government unable to get the job done, Texas and Arizona have asked for help to secure our border and Florida is answering the call.”
DeSantis said officers would be deployed to Arizona and Texas for 16 days.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is also considering sending aid to Texas. She told Fox & Friends, “Well, securing that border is a national security issue, and we in South Dakota are evaluating that. We’d love to help and we’re working through that process to see if that’s something that we could make possible.”
Abbott Governor has directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to oversee construction of the Texas border wall. This program manager will lead the process of planning and executing the project, and will hire the contractors and subcontractors needed to build the wall. Once hired, the program manager and contractors will identify state land and land that private landowners and local governments can volunteer for the wall.
During the original announcements last week, Abbott was joined by Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and Senator Nelson, and Representative Bonnen to sign a document authorizing the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the wall. an
The state budget allocates 1.1 billion dollars towards border security — a record for the State of Texas.
The Governor also signed a letter to President Joe Biden demanding the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall. Once returned, Texas will talk to those property owners about the possibility of Texas using that land to build the wall.
With that project stopped, Abbott has highlighted the dangers of what he sees as the result of stopping the project, as part of the “open border policies” promoted by the new administration.
“Make no mistake, the border crisis that we’re dealing with right now is a direct result of the open border policies that have been put in place by the Biden administration,” he said at a press conference last week.