Gov. Greg Abbott reveals plan for stringent border security.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a border security conference last week in Del Rio, Texas, where he announced plans to implement a strict border security agenda for decreasing illegal border crossings.
Abbott plans to build a border wall along the Mexico boundary, allocate $1 billion for border security in the state budget, and create a Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security.
Abbott also announced his intention to increase arrests along the border and enforce the confinement of those who enter the state illegally on the basis of trespassing. He instructed the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to increase jail capacity within certain counties in order to accommodate increased arrests.
In a press release following the conference, Abbott said, “President Biden’s open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas.”
“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” Abbott continued. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”