Texas has begun building its own border fence along the southern border as promised by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to stop illegal migrants from entering the United States through the state, though the Biden administration sabotaged the completion of the border wall started by form President Donald Trump.
In a couple of tweets on Tuesday, July 20, Fox News reporter Bill Melugin revealed that he was given access to the beginning construction of the Texas border barrier.
“The first 1.5 mile stretch is here in Del Rio, yards from Rio Grande. No trespass signs will be added. Migrants will be arrested on state charges if they cross,” he wrote.
“I asked what a chain link fence is going to stop? Texas DPS [Department of Public Safety] tells me the idea is to cut the feds out of the equation,” Melugin wrote, adding that migrants will be taken to jail for violating Texas law.
The reporter included some pictures featuring the border barrier in Del Rio.
The “Lone Star” state is building its own border barrier to respond to a border crisis re-emerging since President Joe Biden took office.
In the latest development, Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings revealed on Monday that they encountered 298 migrants in a single group illegally entered through La Grulla, the largest group in this fiscal year. They apprehended more than 15,000 migrants in the area in only one week.
On Sunday, Gov. Abbott touted in a tweet that, “Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border. In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall.”
In a press release attached to the tweet, Abbott’s office said that the governor, Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, and Sen. Jane Nelson, and Rep. Greg Bonnen signed a letter authorizing the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the border wall and hire a program manager and contractors.
“Governor Abbott also noted that the state budget allocates 1.1 billion dollars towards border security—a record for the State of Texas,” the press release read.
Abbott also signed a letter to President Biden “demanding the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall. Once returned, Texas will talk to those property owners about the possibility of Texas using that land to build the wall.”