Texas Governor Greg Abbott is putting his money where his mouth is. Literally. Governor Abbott announced that Texas will begin construction for its own border wall after the state has been directly impacted by Biden’s border crisis and an uptick in illegal crossings. The Republican also announced a $250 million down payment for the project which will be constructed on a combination of privately donated land and state land.
Fox News reports:
“Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott said at a press conference.
“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,” he said.
“Make no mistake, the border crisis that we’re dealing with right now is a direct result of the open border policies that have been put in place by the Biden administration,” he said.
Abbott said that border states like Texas have seen “carnage” from people coming over. He said that in the first four months of the year, the Texas Department of Public Safety saw an 800% increase in the amount of fentanyl apprehended at the border – enough to kill more than 21 million Americans.
Abbott said that despite the Biden’s administration abandoning its responsibility to secure the border the Lone Star state is stepping up.
The news comes after former President Trump announced he accepted an invitation from Governor Abbott to visit the U.S.- Mexico border on June 30th.