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Texas Gov Abbott Announces Down Payment On Border Wall

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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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Texas Gov Greg Abbott Responds To SCOTUS Ruling On Remain In Mexico Policy

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On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Biden v. Texas that the Biden administration could end the former Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), also known as the “remain in Mexico” policy, which requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they wait for a court hearing.

“The ruling in Biden v. Texas was the latest chapter in the tug-of-war over the policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocol, since the Trump administration announced it in 2018,” SCOTUSblog explained. “The justices allowed the Trump administration to begin enforcing the policy after a federal district judge blocked it, and a few months later the justices agreed to review a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit holding that the policy likely violated both federal immigration and international law. The justices dismissed that case last year, however, after the Biden administration attempted to end the policy.”

“Texas and Missouri challenged the Biden administration’s efforts to terminate the policy. After a federal district judge in Texas ordered the federal government to reinstate the policy, both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court rejected requests from the Biden administration to temporarily put the district judge’s ruling on hold, prompting the government to revive the policy while litigation continued,” SCOTUSblog added. “The court on Thursday agreed with the Biden administration that ending MPP would not violate federal law.”

In response to the ruling, Governor Abbott warned that ending the policy would only encourage further illegal immigration amid the record-breaking border crisis, and pointed to the recent tragedy in which dozens of migrants were found dead in a semitruck abandoned near San Antonio as evidence of the dangers of illegal immigration.

“The Supreme Court’s decision upholding DHS’s termination of the Remain-in-Mexico policy will only embolden the Biden Administration’s open border policies,” Abbott said. “More than fifty people recently died in a trailer—people who were allowed to cross our border illegally because of President Biden’s policies. Reinstating and fully enforcing Remain-in-Mexico would deter thousands more migrants from making that deadly trek, and President Biden should take that simple step to secure the border because it is the only humane thing to do.”

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Arizona Governor Signs Massive Border Security Bill

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On Thursday, Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill that will send hundreds of millions of dollars to strengthen security on his state’s border with Mexico, which comes as the illegal immigration crisis that originated under President Biden continues to worsen.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, the legislation, coupled with “targeted investments from the fiscal year 2023 budget, dedicates a record $564 million to help to secure our border with a physical barrier, address critical public safety staffing shortages, and modernize the technology and public safety equipment to target criminal activity and keep our citizens safe.”

The legislation will direct $335 million specifically to “construct and maintain a border fence, purchase or install border security technologies, and to pay associated administrative costs.”

“Inaction by President Joe Biden has led to the worst border crisis in over 20 years,” Governor Ducey said. “I’ve been outspoken about the impact this crisis has on Arizonans, our communities and migrants. We’ve taken numerous steps to help resolve the chaos, including deploying the Arizona National Guard, signing legislation to address human smuggling and transporting migrants on a voluntary basis to Washington, D.C. Ultimately, however, securing our border is the responsibility of the federal government… With this investment, we are giving our law enforcement professionals another critical resource they need to successfully do their jobs. We are standing up for the rule of law, and we are cementing Arizona’s commitment to securing our state and our entire nation.”

State Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, said, “The number of migrant encounters has skyrocketed at our border, overwhelming law enforcement and the Border Patrol. Thanks to the absent federal government, our border is in chaos and out of control. We need more support and physical barriers. This is a reasonable investment in Arizona’s safety and security. I’m grateful for Governor Ducey’s leadership to take action and secure the border.”

The legislation comes as illegal immigration has reached the highest level ever recorded with nearly 240,000 migrants being encountered by border officials in May.

“There were an unprecedented 239,416 migrant encounters at the Southern border in May, CBP reports. This is the highest monthly total in DHS history, beating the record that was set the month before in April w/ 234,088,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

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