Texas Governor Abbott announced $250 million in funding for his own border wall as Florida Governor DeSantis deployed police to help patrol
Texas Governor Greg Abbott will fund his own border wall on the Mexico-U.S. border and set aside $250 million as a “down payment” to advance the work.
The Republican governor announced plans for such projects on Wednesday, saying that the down payment will be used to hire project managers and contractors to build the wall, and part of the funds will come from donations.
Abbott even made one website Let people send money to support the project.
“With record levels of illegal immigration, drugs and contraband pouring into Texas, the open border policy has led to a humanitarian crisis on our southern border,” it wrote.
“Texas is working with communities affected by the border crisis to apprehend and detain individuals who illegally enter Texas,” the page continued.
“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to ensure border security, conduct criminal arrests, protect landowners, remove dangerous drugs from our communities, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”
The governor announced plans for the project last week, echoing former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential pledge on how Mexico will pay for the wall between the two countries.
Abbott also stated that the state will rely on private landowners and local governments to provide land “voluntarily” for the wall.
“Based on the conversations I have had, my belief is that the combination of state land and volunteer land will generate hundreds of miles to build a wall in Texas,” Abbott told reporters at the Austin News conference.
On June 1, the governor announced disasters in 34 counties around the Mexican border, saying that these counties were occupied by “dangerous gangs and cartels” and “human traffickers.”
Then he criticized the Biden administration for “giving up[ing] Its responsibility to ensure border security and Texans suffer as a result. “
“Because of President Biden’s inaction, the border issue will only get worse,” Abbott said.
“Properties are being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement has to redistribute their resources, county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing costs.”
“Texas has done more to protect its borders than any state, but it clearly needs more.”
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Announce His state will send police to Texas and Arizona to help resolve the current border crisis.
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The news of DeSantis came after Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Dusey sent a letter to the governors of 48 other states seeking border assistance.
DeSantis said: “The Biden administration has put an end to President Donald Trump’s effective policy to curb illegal immigration at the southern border.”
“They revoked policies designed to protect our borders and keep Americans safe.”