Saying “the border crisis is no laughing matter,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced the state will “begin building the border wall in the state of Texas,” while slamming “members of Congress” who “visit and…do nothing.”
As the Biden administration and Congress have been slow to enact an effective solution to the massive influx of migrants pouring in at the southern US border with Mexico, Texas is taking independent action.
On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) held a “Border Security Summit” with Texas law enforcement, mayors and county judges, KVIA-TV reported.
“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas,” Abbott told the group. “The border crisis is no laughing matter. It’s not a tourism site for members of Congress to visit and then return to DC and do nothing.”
If you come to Texas, you’re subject to being arrested,” Abbott said. “You’re not going to have a pathway to roam the country. You’re going to have a pathway directly into a jail cell.”
“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job,” Abbott said in an interview with Breitbart Texas prior to the summit. “And amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more.”
Appearing later on Fox, Abbott announced Texas will be allocating $1 billion to its physical year budget toward border security, allocating part of the money toward resuming the border wall construction in the state started by the Trump administration and halted by President Biden.
Gov. Abbott convened his “border summit” in Del Rio, Texas, selecting the location for the specific purpose of highlighting the massive illegal crossings, the Western Journal reported. Abbott pointed out that border crossings used to be concentrating in the Rio Grande Valley.
“The reason why we are here [in Del Rio] is because of the massive increase,” Abbott said. “Now, you know we’re upstream from the Rio Grande Valley in the Del Rio Sector and the Del Rio Sector is suffering from some of the largest increases.”
According to the 2021 “May Southwest Border Land Encounters” report released on Wednesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, agents apprehended 27,890 migrants in the Del Rio sector, a 1,118 percent increase from a year earlier, Breitbart reported.
In a tweet on Thursday, the CBP posted a graph revealing the staggering number of attempted illegal crossings into the United States at the southwest border.
The CPB wrote: “In May, CBP encountered more than 180,000 persons attempting entry along the SW border. This total represents a 1% increase over April.”
The CPB posted the following links for more information:
Press release: go.usa.gov/x6kCD
Enforcement stats: go.usa.gov/xsVhU
SW Land Border Encounters: go.usa.gov/xsVu2