Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) mentioned Thursday that Texas will build its own border wall with Mexico. He did not say the place, when, or how he plans to pay for the wall. Also, “it is unclear if the state has the authority to build a wall in an attempt to deter immigrants,” The New York Times notes. The two-year finances handed by the Texas Legislature allocates more than $1 billion for border security, although Abbott did not say if he envisions utilizing that cash to pay for his wall. He mentioned he will present extra details subsequent week.
Abbott made his announcement in the border city Del Rio, alongside state regulation enforcement officers. He additionally mentioned Texas will jail anybody “who enters our state illegally and is found trespassing, engaged in vandalism, criminal mischief, or smuggling,” discover further cells in native jails, and type an interstate compact with Gov. Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona, two states over. These adjustments will deter border-crossing in Texas, Abbott predicted, as a result of “it’s not the red carpet that the federal administration rolled out to them.”
Abbott has clashed for months with the Biden administration, which paused or canceled former President Donald Trump’s border wall building and began permitting unaccompanied minors to search asylum whereas sending most different would-be migrants again to Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that 180,034 folks tried to enter the U.S. from Mexico in May — and 112,302 have been expelled.
Abbott additionally faces a new GOP primary challenge to his 2022 re-election bid from former state Sen. Doug Huffines, whose marketing campaign has promised to end Trump’s border wall in Texas — a point Huffines noted Thursday. “I would like to thank ‘all talk, no action’ Greg Abbott for joining my campaign by admitting that as governor he’s had the power for the last seven years to close down the Texas border, and has refused to do so,” he tweeted.
The ACLU of Texas disagreed. Abbott’s plan undermines the federal “right to seek asylum by jailing those fleeing danger and punishing them for seeking refuge in the U.S,” said ACLU staff attorney Kate Huddleston. “In this plan, Abbott is yet again scapegoating immigrants in an effort to distract from his own failures in governing and managing actual crises in Texas — like the historic winter storm that led to the deaths of more than 150 Texans — with cruel results.”