WASHINGTON – Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said Thursday his state would build a wall along the border with Mexico and blamed President Joe Biden’s policies for a humanitarian crisis on the southern border.
The Republican governor announced plans to build the barrier during a border security summit he hosted in Del Rio, a town along the southwest Texas border, and said he would publish more details next week.
It is not known if Abbott has the authority to build a wall on the southern border of his state; While some of the land belongs to the federal and state governments, much is also privately owned, which was an obstacle the Trump administration faced in its efforts to build a wall.
At the summit, Abbott acknowledged it was the responsibility of the federal government to secure the border, but said, “Texas will not stand idly by as this crisis worsens.”
“The state is working with crisis-affected communities to arrest and detain people entering Texas illegally,” Abbott said. “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.”
Abbott said people who illegally enter Texas will be arrested and detained for trespassing and announced that he has created a task force to help formulate ideas on how to prevent undocumented immigrants and smuggling illegal to enter the country.
As soon as Biden took office in January, he signed an order that suspended all construction on the southern border and launched a 60-day review of Trump’s project. At the end of April, the Biden administration announced that it would cancel all border wall constructions subsidized by redirected military funds.
Abbott’s announcement comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of migration to the United States across the southern border. The administration has been criticized by Republicans for not yet visiting the border.
In an interview with NBC Nightly News presenter Lester Holt this week, Harris didn’t disagree that work needed to be done at the border, but said “that can’t be the only way we’re dealing with it. the problem, which we know is a question which is not only a question of effect but of causation. And the element of causation is important.
“There will be no quick fixes” to the border situation, and the United States will “not see an immediate return” as a result of the measures taken by the administration, she said.