Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that the the state budget will provide $ 250 million in funding to help build its announced border wall on the southern United States border between Mexico and Texas.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Abbott announced that the state of Texas would pick up where the federal government left off.

He also said $ 250 million was more than enough to hire a project manager and contractor to start building a wall in the Lone Star State. “Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border. “

Abbott did not say how long the wall could possibly be, where the wall could be built, or the total cost of the whole project. He added that this would be determined by any project manager he asked the Texas Facilities Commission to hire.

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Finish Trump’s job

When Donald Trump took office, he declared the border crisis a national emergency.

Governor Abbott isn’t waiting for the federal government to come and help with the border crisis, but finishes the job of former President Donald Trump, who made him a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign to build a southern border wall .

Trump will visit the border at the end of this month at Abbott’s invitation.

About 450 miles of border wall had been completed by the Trump administration, most of them in Arizona.

Abbott said he expects there will be private donors willing to help pay for the wall, and expects land can be donated as well: as the volunteers’ land will bring in hundreds of dollars. miles to build a border wall in Texas. “

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How the funds will be allocated

According to a report by The Hill, a letter to Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, called for $ 250 million to be transferred from a general fund to a disaster fund.

From there the money will go to the Texas Facilities Commission for the construction of the walls.

The letter explained the urgency of a wall, due to the federal government’s failure to address issues related to non-enforcement, including increased illegal crossings, damage to crops and property. Texans, higher rates of human trafficking and smuggling, additional drugs and “a dangerous escalation in cartel violence.”

The letter continued in part: “These threats against our citizens cannot go unanswered; if the federal government refuses to deal with it, the state will.

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What Texas Democrats Say As Migrants Continue To Cross The Border

Texas Democratic Lawmakers Say “Surprised” by the governor’s push to finish the wall with state funds.

Senator Cesar Blanco of El Paso said: “Building a wall from El Paso to Brownsville is the most expensive and least efficient way to ensure border security and it is a huge waste of people’s money. taxpayers. He added that if the state wanted to strengthen border security, it would have to invest in modern technology that would be “cheaper” than building a wall.

Texas ACLU staff attorney David Donatti said Texas officials were trying to “restore the damaging policies implemented by the Trump administration.”

When Joe Biden became president, not only he announced that “not another leg of a wall” would be built under his watch, but he ended the national emergency declared by Trump.

Meanwhile, according to US Customs and Border Protection, there were 180,034 border crossings in May, compared to less than 25,000 at the end of 2020.

At the press conference announces the construction of the wall in Texas, Gov. Abbott said, “The Biden administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering.”

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