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 a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The Republican governor announced the plan to build the barrier at a border security summit he hosted in Del Rio.
It’s unclear whether Abbott has the authority to build a wall on his state’s southern border. At the same time, some of the land is owned by the federal and state governments; much is also private property, which was an obstacle the Trump administration faced in its efforts to construct a wall.
At the summit, Abbott acknowledged it is the federal government’s responsibility to secure the border. Still, he said, “Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows.” people who enter Texas illegally will face arrest and confinement for trespassing. Abbott also announced he had created a task force to help formulate ideas on stopping undocumented immigrants and illegal contraband from entering the country.