During a border-security conference in the U.S. border city of Del Rio on Thursday, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signaled his intentions for his state to start building its own border wall on the Texas territory straddling Mexico.
“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas. The border crisis is no laughing matter. It’s not a tourism site for members of Congress to visit and then return to D.C. and do nothing,” he remarked.
Upon assuming office, President Joe Biden suspended all border wall construction, pending review, via executive order. Thus creating the border crisis still ongoing. President Trump had diverted military funding to continue construction of the southern border wall after he failed to acquire financing for it in the 2019 budget, but the Pentagon would later cancel those plans in April.
However, in May it was revealed that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) would resume construction to repair a 13.4 mile stretch of levee in the Rio Grande Valley and install a concrete levee wat to prevent flooding in the valley, following pressure from local residents and elected officials.
Governor Abbott commented that the massive influx of migrants pouring into the state is adversely affecting local businesses and communities, as well as overwhelming border security and police personnel.
“One thing we know and that is a border crisis is plaguing the farmers, the ranchers, the residents of the entire border region. Your law enforcement officers, they are having to redirect their resources to deal with the border as opposed to deal what they normally deal with which is keeping your communities safe every day,” said Abbott.
During the briefing Thursday, Abbott said that the Biden administration’s neglect of border enforcement has created the migrant surge and border crisis, referencing annual increases in border crossings.
Border authorities encountered 180,034 people tired to enter the country illegally in May, the highest number in more than two decades.