Led by Governor Greg Abbott, Texas has been expediting action and building processes to secure the southern border despite the inaction and bureaucratic roadblocks of the Biden Administration’s inaction.
Biden-Harris open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas.
As of January 5, 2022, $55,153,155 has been raised by donations from around the U.S. to build the Wall that current White House Resident Joe Biden ceased.
On June 16, 2021, Abbott announced the Texas plan for the border wall and authorized the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch construction.
By September, the majority of the preliminary work (design, hire, procurement, surveying, contract negotiations) was near completion and. Abbott signed House Bill 9 into law, providing an additional $1.8 billion in state funding for border security, including border wall construction.
Before Christmas, Abbott traveled to the site of the first phase of construction near Rio Grande City to announce how “the State of Texas has taken comprehensive action to secure our southern border and address the border crisis while President Biden has sat idly by.”
Abbott had “promised Texans that we would step up in the federal government’s absence and build our own border wall. We have wasted no time in the six months since that promise was made, and I am proud to announce that construction of the Texas border wall is now underway. Today not only represents the first phase of the Texas border wall, but it also serves as a major milestone in our efforts to combat illegal immigration, stop the smuggling of drugs and people, and keep our communities safe.”
The State recently gave the order to proceed with the Design-Build Contract NOT-TO-EXCEED $162 million to Posillico Civil, Inc. for a segment of the Texas Border Infrastructure on State-Owned Land (General Land Office).
The status of other actions include:
- Signed laws that provide $3 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts.
- Launching Operation Lone Star and deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and Department of Public Safety troopers.
- Created a system to arrest and jail illegal migrants trespassing or committing other state crimes in Texas.
- Signed a budget authorization to build the border wall in Texas.
- Signed a law to make it easier to prosecute smugglers bringing people into Texas.
- Signed 9 laws cracking down on human trafficking in Texas.
While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.
Governor Greg Abbott
- Signed a law enhancing penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl.
- Issued an official “disaster declaration” for the border crisis.
- Issued an executive order preventing non-governmental entities from transporting illegal immigrants.
As of January 5, 2022: $55,153,155
- Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have also been taking legal action to enforce the Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies in Texas.
“The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott’s Office announced. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”
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