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Texas Gov Abbott Announces Down Payment On Border Wall

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

As President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have seemingly abandoned the border crisis, Republican governors have accepted they need to find a way to make up for the Biden administration’s incompetency, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott announcing on Wednesday that the state is making a down payment on building a border wall.

In a letter to Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Abbott directed the “transfer [of] $250 million in General Revenue to the Disaster Fund within the Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor” for “a down payment to begin design and construction of physical barriers on voluntarily donated private and public lands that border this state and Mexico.”
During a press conference, Abbott discussed the decision, saying, “The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction.”

“Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses,” Abbott continued. “Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed.”

Among the many border security measures eliminated by President Biden, he froze funding for the border wall quickly after entering office. Biden’s policies have resulted in record immigration levels, breaking 20-year records in March, April, and May.

“In the Biden administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities,” Abbott added.

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  1. Slideglide

    June 17, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Does this mean there will be double fence when President Trump is re-elected in 2024, and finishes his wall?

    This problem is just another conundrum spawned by Biden and the DNC.

  2. WILLIAM FLYNN

    June 17, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Hope other Border States jump on the bandwagon and get the wall built since Dementia Joe is NOT going to do it or stop the flood of Illegals coming in ! Hopefully some construction companies will get on board and donate the manpower and expertise to get it done !

  3. David Ruecker

    June 17, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Thank God someone is standing up to this invasion of the United States.
    I have personally helped a family secure W-7’s to dwell and work, and go to school in this country.
    We as a nation have 40 million +- foreign born residents in this country, ALL of whom are looking for opportunity.
    That’s how this country was founded, as most original settlers looked to escape European religious and free expression.
    This should remain a land of opportunity and safety-not a land of restriction of freedoms and destruction of life and liberty.

  4. Dennis Himes

    June 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

    If we are to continue as a country, how are we to do it with what we have in office right now? We have to get President Trump back in the White House.

  5. Carolyn Jones

    June 17, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Wunderbar, dear, conservative Governor Abbott! Texas and the rest of the nation are so very lucky to have you! Also, that goes for Governor Desantis! You both are smart, caring, and devoted to this wonderful, but beaten-down country by moronic, hateful, EVIL people now in charge ( only through fraud) of destroying our country. God bless you both, and all conservative governors–that does not include Kemp of Georgia, who needs to join the Democratic party, along with Romney, Cheney, etc.

  6. Carolyn Jones

    June 17, 2021 at 11:32 am

    God bless America, land that I LOVE;
    Stand beside her, and guide her
    Through the night with the light from above.

    I pray for this and for our beloved REAL President Donald J. Trump, and for Leo Terrell, who has become a true conservative. Leo, I never miss your appearances on Fox. Keep up the great work!

  7. Stan McLaughlin

    June 17, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Congratulations on your decision to move forward to complete the “Wall”

  8. John P.

    June 18, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Where can I send my border wall donation for the State of Texas?

  9. Laura

    June 29, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I agree, I would donate as well, perhaps something like a “Go Fund Me” page to raise the money, I’m amazed at how quickly people raise money this way

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DeSantis to Legislate Ban Working With Contractors who Help Biden’s ‘Mass Human Smuggling Operation’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle when it comes to helping illegal immigrants do things, well, illegally, he wants the perpetrators to have consequences.

Speaking specifically about contractors who are flying illegal immigrants around the country, DeSantis said, “They’ve done over 70 flights in the last six months, dump people here. And we had – a few weeks ago – one of those people that Biden dumped, ended up committing a murder in northeast Florida.”

“Our view is, if they’re going to be dumping, we want to be able to facilitate transfer to places like Delaware, and, so, we have $8 million in my new budget to be able to do that” he added. He is also looking to pass legislation which will ban contractors who work with the Biden administration on the flights from doing business with the state of Florida.

We are going to pass legislation that says if you are facilitating Biden’s policies—which is effectively a mass human smuggling operation—you are not going to be able to do business with the state of Florida or other local governments,” DeSantis said.

Fox News reports “DeSantis’s office has previously claimed that the Biden administration has flown migrants to Jacksonville, Fla., in order to ease crowding at border facilities.”

“On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September,” Florida public safety czar Larry Keefe told the Washington Examiner in November.

Earlier this year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed a New York Post report that the administration was flying migrants from Texas to New York. Psaki said unaccompanied minors on those flights were “en route to their final destination to be reunified with their parents or vetted sponsor” reports Fox News.

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Former DEA Agent who Conspired with Colombian Cartel Sentenced to 12 Years

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Jose Irizarry

Despite his attorney’s interesting defense that “when my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt” former agent Jose Irizarry has been sentenced. The former U.S. narcotics agent “used his badge to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars, parties on yachts and Tiffany jewels” reports NBC News.

Irizarry was sentenced to “more than 12 years in federal prison Thursday for conspiring to launder money with a Colombian cartel.” Irizarry admitted to his crimes, but the defense for his case was to blame his former colleagues at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“When my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt, he was schooled in how to break the law” said his attorney Maria Dominguez in court. “In this alternate universe it became easier and less suspect to accept money and gifts” from criminal informants who worked with the narcotics agency.

In handing down her sentence Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Charlene Honeywell addressed any failings by the DEA for its handling of corrupt agents by “the allure of easy money.” She said it also needed to be investigated.

“This has to stop…you were the one who got caught but it is apparent to this court that there are others.” NBC News reports:

Irizarry’s allegations underscore the porous oversight he received during his career, in which he was entrusted with the government’s use of front companies, shell bank accounts and couriers to combat international drug trafficking.

They also raise new questions about whether his colleagues in the Miami field office, where Irizarry’s criminal activity began, similarly abused the badge in their handling of confidential informants who every year move tens of millions of dollars in dirty money under the DEA’s supervision.

Dominguez in court filings revealed that since Irizarry’s arrest last year he has met with prosecutors for “endless hours” to provide information on the criminal activities of “fellow law-enforcement agents who initiated him in a life of crime.”

Honeywell recently sealed “sensitive” documents filed in the criminal case, saying their disclosure could potentially impede an ongoing criminal investigation, cause targets to flee and hinder cooperation from other witnesses. So far, other than Irizarry’s wife, Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry, and a Colombian customs worker, nobody else has been charged in the conspiracy.

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