Governor Greg Abbott has announced that Texas will build a border wall along the state’s boundary with Mexico.
Abbott announced the plans on Thursday at a Border Security Summit in Del Rio, where he hosted various representatives from around the state to discuss the state’s plan of action to address the “ongoing humanitarian crisis” at the southern border.
While Abbott shared few specifics on the border wall, he said he would provide more details next week. The Biden administration previously issued a proclamation stopping the border wall construction started under former President Donald Trump.
Other border initiatives announced by Abbott include a state budget allocation of $1 billion to increase border security, the creation of a Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security, and plans to increase arrests at the border and capacity at local jails.
Abbott also said he and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will invoke the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and will ask other states to send law enforcement officials to assist in making arrests and jailing.
Abbott called this situation “an unprecedented crisis,” and blamed it on the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Abbott claimed the state is responding with “the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”