Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) said his state would pick up where the Trump administration left off on its proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, at least in his state.
“While securing the border is the responsibility of the federal government, Texas will not stand idly by as this crisis worsens,” Abbott said at an event in Del Rio on Thursday.
The governor drew applause and applause from the crowd when he announced his pledge to send migrants crossing the border between checkpoints to jail. Abbott said it would also increase the number of law enforcement officers sent to assist U.S. customs and border patrol officials, creating new barriers “immediately.”
President Joe Biden halted former President Donald Trump’s border wall plans hours after his inauguration in January.
Although Trump has planned to build hundreds of miles of new wall at a cost of over $ 11 billion, or $ 20 million per mile – most of the construction completed during his tenure has replaced segments of existing walls. which had been erected during previous administrations. Trump only built about 80 miles of new wall, which includes 50 miles of main wall and 30 miles of secondary wall, during his tenure.
Texas shares a 1,254-mile border with Mexico.
“This is an unprecedented crisis, and Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the country has ever seen,” Abbott said, adding more details will be provided next week.
The Texas ACLU denounced Abbott’s announcement as a distraction from his “failings of governance while targeting vulnerable migrants.”
The rise in the number of people – especially unaccompanied children – arriving at the southern border has been at the center of the GOP’s attacks on Biden, who has adopted a policy against deporting children. During his campaign, Biden pledged to end for-profit immigrant detention and make America a more welcoming place for those seeking refuge from violence and violence. instability in their country of origin.
Biden’s anti-immigration measures, however, have drawn criticism from progressive groups because they do not go far enough to help those in need. Most of those making the dangerous journey to the U.S. border come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, a region where critics say U.S. foreign policy has contributed to the instability.
Biden raised the annual ceiling for refugees accepted into the country from 15,000 to 62,500 in May. The administration had triggered a backlash the previous month for indicating it would maintain Trump’s record asylum ceiling for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends in September. For the next fiscal year, Biden plans to set the number of refugee admissions at 125,000. This is far less than the number of migrants placed in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection over the course of the year. single month of April, which was nearly 180,000.
During her visit to Guatemala this week, Vice President Kamala Harris sent a simple message to would-be immigrants: “Don’t come.
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