Texas governor announces plans for a border wall with Mexico
Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that Texas will build a border wall along the state's boundary with Mexico. However, he provided no details on where or when the construction of this project would begin. The announcement came during Governor Abbott's press conference in Del Rio and comes as President Trump is still working to secure funding from Congress for his proposed southern border barrier after being rebuffed by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer last week.
Abbott discussed a slew of border initiatives while announcing the news, such as $1 billion allocated for border security in this year's budget and plans to establish a Governor's Task Force on Border and Homeland Security with public safety officials.
"I want to work with you on ways that we can, together as a team and in partnership between our agencies--the National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Division of Emergency Management," said Abbott. His voice was steady while seated next to those officials at his side.
Abbott has laid out a slew of new border initiatives, such as $1 billion for security and plans to establish a Governor's Task Force on Border and Homeland Security with public safety officials.
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is giving Texas until Friday to respond after it was accused by the federal government of violating a section in the United States Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which states that state laws are overruled by any federal law.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blamed the recent surge of migrants to the Texas-Mexico border on Joe Biden's immigration policies, claiming in a disaster declaration this week that new federal policies have paved the way for "dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl" into our communities
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has blamed Vice President Joe Biden’s lenient immigration policy as being responsible for an influx of refugees at America’s southern border with Mexico. In his emergency disaster declaration made late last week he stated: “new federal policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartel members; human traffickers; drug smugglers from countries like China or Russia who may pose terror threats here."
Governor Abbott has announced a new plan to tackle human trafficking at the border. His initiative, Operation Lone Star, is outfitted with 1,000 DPS troopers and National Guard members who will work together to identify potential victims of child trafficking. The governor plans on expanding this operation's efforts by giving Texas Rangers interviews unaccompanied minors that cross the border so they can ask them questions about their experience crossing over as well as any interactions or people they may have encountered along their journey
-Operation Lone Star was deployed two weeks ago after Governor Abbott made his announcement earlier in March for beefing up security at our borders with more than 1000 officers/troopers from both departments working closely together and patrolling alongside each other day and night 24 hours a day 365 days.
The Biden Administration has referred to its new policies as a way to be more humane toward migrants. The administration paused border wall construction and ordered an evaluation of the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, which required asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their cases could be heard by U.S. immigration courts."
Kamala Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and former California attorney general, visited Guatemala this week to discuss the US-Mexico border. In response to Vice President Mike Pence's recent tweet about immigration reform proposals for Central America (including Costa Rica), Kamala tweeted "This is not what we need."
She also spoke with Guatemalan TV station GloboTV in Spanish and told them that she will push back against plans from Trump that would send asylum seekers who cross into Mexico back home while their claims are processed.
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