TEXAS Governor Greg Abbott will be funding his own border wall along the Mexico-US border just as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced he would send police to Texas and Arizona to help with their border problems.
The Republican governor announced plans for such a project on Wednesday, saying the $250 million “down payment” would go to hiring a project manager and contractors to construct the wall, which would be partially funded by donations.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he was allocating $25 million to build a border wallCredit: Reuters
Abbott declared 34 counties nearing the border as a disaster on June 1Credit: Rex
Abbott even made a website for people to send money to support the project, just a week after he pleaded with other governors – including DeSantis – for help on the border.
Simultaneously, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his state would send police to Texas and Arizona to help with the current border crisis.
DeSantis’ message came after Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sent a letter asking the governors of the other 48 states for help on the border.
“The Biden administration ended effective policies that have been implemented by President Donald Trump to curb illegal immigration across the Southern border,” said DeSantis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he was sending police to Texas and Arizona to help with the borderCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“They have revoked policies designed to secure our border and keep Americans safe.”
“Open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas,” Abbott’s website read.
“The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” the page continued.
“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.”
The governor announced plans for the project last week, echoing a 2016 presidential promise from former president Donald Trump on how Mexico will pay for a wall between the two countries.
Abbott also said the state will rely on private landowners and local governments to “volunteer” land for the wall.
“My belief, based upon conversations that I’ve already had, is a combination of state land, as well as volunteer land, will yield hundreds of miles to build a wall in the state of Texas,” Abbott told reporters at an Austin news conference.
On June 1, the governor announced a disaster in 34 counties surrounding the Mexican border, saying they were overrun by “dangerous gangs and cartels” and “human traffickers.”
He then blasted the Biden Administration for “abandon[ing] its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result.”
“The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction,” Abbott said.
“Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses.”
“Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed.”