Monday, February 19, 2024

Texas On Track to Build More Border Wall in State Than Trump, Gov. Abbotts Says; Abbott Promises to Expand National Guard Operations Along the Texas Border; Republican Legislators In These 14 States Are Backing Texas Over Biden Border Standoff

Texas on track to build more border wall in state than Trump, Gov. Abbotts says:
Texas is on track to build more of Donald Trump’s infamous border wall than the former president’s own administration put up in the state, Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday.
“Texas is the first and only state in the history of the United States of America to build our own border wall,” Abbott said during a press conference in Shelby Park.
“If you look at the amount of wall already constructed and the amount of wall that is going to be under construction, Texas will have built more of the Trump border wall than even Trump built in the state of Texas,” the governor boasted.
The Lone Star State has additionally erected roughly 160 miles of barriers — including razor wire fencing, anti-climb barriers, Conex boxes and buoys in the river — that do not include the wall, according to Abbott.
Texas has also been ramping up its enforcement along the southern border amid the ongoing migrant crisis, which Abbott declared is “the biggest border crisis since America had borders.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety has made over 39,000 criminal arrests, apprehended more than 480,000 migrants in the country illegally, deterred more than 95,000 illegal entries, engaged in more than 4,300 bailouts and filed more than 19,000 charges for smuggling, according to the governor.
The Texas National Guard has also turned back more than 90,000 people who were trying to cross the border illegally, Abbott said.
The combination of those measures has proven successful at trimming the number of people crossing into the US through the state.
“The results are amazing,” Abbott told reporters. --->READ MORE HERE
Abbott promises to expand National Guard operations along the Texas border:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state has plans to expand National Guard operations to other locations along the border similar to the resources dispatched to Shelby Park in Eagle Pass.
He said the increase in Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety presence has deterred illegal crossings and led to a decrease in drownings.
KCBD NewsChannel 11′s Kase Wilbanks and Julio Iglesias are in Eagle Pass and will bring you additional coverage tonight.
Abbott said at a news conference at Shelby Park Thursday that he welcomes any further legal challenges by the federal government. The park has been a source of tension between the state and federal government, over who has the right to control this area. Abbott claimed President Biden is choosing to not enforce laws already on the books.
“He does not need more laws. He has the tools in his toolbox to do exactly what Texas is doing, and that is to deny illegal entry into the country, which he is required to do by laws already passed by Congress.”
“One reason this area is occupied by the State of Texas is to prevent the Biden Administration from any further violation of federal law on this Texas land.”
The governor was joined by several state representatives he has endorsed for re-election, including Lubbock State Representative Dustin Burrows, as well as the leader of the Texas Military Department and Border Czar. --->READ MORE HERE
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+++++Republican Legislators In These 14 States Are Backing Texas Over Biden Border Standoff+++++

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