US Texas Gov. Abbott vows to build a border wall with Mexico
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Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for reelection, easing the Republican’s path to a third term and keeping his options for a 2024 White House bid alive. © Provided by Washington Examiner Support for Trump among grassroots Republicans remains sky high, and his decision to back Abbott should keep at bay any challengers the second-term governor might face in the GOP primary in 2022. Renomination in hand, and on the ballot in a midterm election with President Joe Biden in the White House, Abbott should be in a position to win another four years at the helm in Austin.
WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said Thursday that his state would build a wall along the border with Mexico and blamed President Joe Biden’s policies for aat the southern border.
The Republican governor announced the plan to build the barrier at a border security summit he hosted in Del Rio, a city along Texas’ southwestern border, and said he would release more details next week.
It’s unclear whether Abbott has the authority to build a wall on his state’s southern border; while some of the land is owned by the federal and state governments, much is also private property, which was an obstacle faced by the Trump administration in its efforts to construct a wall.
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According to governor's office, Abbott has deployed 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and hundreds of soldiers from the Texas National Guard to the border this year. The governor has also instructed state officials to end contracts with the Biden administration for migrant shelters that hold unaccompanied children, who have been arriving in record numbers at the border. A report obtained by The New York Times found that there were nearly 17,000 migrant youth in the care of Health and Human Services as of Wednesday. Among them, 8,000 are living in shelters licensed for federal use.
At the summit, Abbott acknowledged it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure the border, but he said, “Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows.”
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“The state is working collaboratively withto arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott said. “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.”
Abbott said people who enter Texas illegally will face arrest and confinement for trespassing and announced he has created a task force to help formulate ideas on how to stop undocumented immigrants and illegal contraband from entering the country.
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As soon as Biden took office in January, he signed an order that paused all construction on the southern border and launched a 60-day review of. At the end of April, the Biden administration that was subsidized with redirected military funds.
Abbott’s announcement comes days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of. The administration has come under fire from Republicans for not yet visiting the border.
In anearlier this week, Harris didn’t disagree that work needs to happen at the border, but said, “that can't be the only way that we deal with the issue, which we know is an issue that is not only about effect but causation. And the causation piece is significant.”
"There's not going to be a quick fix” to the border situation, and the U.S. won’t “see an immediate return” as a result of actions taken by the administration, she said.
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The mayor attacked Abbott for boasting about a business award while also ignoring a power company's recent alert that asked users to conserve energy.The mayor wrote about Abbott "boasting about Texas being good for business" before declaring that "[ma]ybe when a corporation tells the governor that an unreliable power grid is bad for business, he'll finally listen. He doesn't seem to care about whether it's bad for people.