Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott isn’t sitting back and waiting for the Biden administration to take action on the border anymore. He’s taking matters into his own hands.
While it’s next to impossible to completely stop illegal migrants from entering the U.S. through the southern border, Abbott is doing everything in his power to slow down that inflow.
On Saturday, the governor posted a video on social media accounts that showed people working on a new border wall. As he said in the video:
“Texas border wall construction continues in Maverick County and all along the Texas-Mexico border. Biden’s border crisis doesn’t rest, and neither does Texas.”
Abbott has long been a proponent of fighting back illegal immigration.
He wrote on social media a few weeks ago that the state would be installing fencing along its border with New Mexico. Due to the state’s barriers around El Paso, migrants decided to cross illegally through New Mexico, and then enter into El Paso in Texas from there.
That forced Abbott and the state to shift its focus a bit, and build a border between it and New Mexico.
Last Friday, Abbott published a new update on what they’re calling Operation Lone Star. Thus far, the governor said their efforts have led to the apprehension of 479,000 illegal immigrants, as well as the seizure of more than 400 million fentanyl doses.
As he said in a statement:
“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested, and every ounce of drugs seized, would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.
“While President Biden refuses to secure the border, Texas has stepped up as the only state in U.S. history to build our own border wall.”
The Houston Chronicle reported recently that Texas has other plans in mind as well.
Jacey Jetton, a Republican member of the state House of Representatives, recently introduced a bill that would allocate an additional $1.5 billion that would go toward that project. As he said recently:
“What we’re finding is, where the border wall is being built, illegal crossings are then shifted to other areas, and those landowners are also then wanting to ensure that they have the border wall.”
Republican-led regions such as Texas are taking action on illegal immigration and the migrant crisis, while liberal cities are sitting back and pleading with the federal government to do something about it.
New York City, which has seen more than 130,000 illegal immigrants arrive just since the spring, is one of those cities.
Democratic Mayor Eric Adams said recently:
“The president and the White House have failed New York City on this issue. … While New York City will continue to lead, it’s time the state and federal government step up.”