During a border-security conference from the U.S. border town of Del Rio Thursday, Republican Governor Greg Abbott signaled his intention to jumpstart border-wall construction on Texas territory straddling Mexico.
“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas. The border crisis is no laughing matter. It’s not a tourism site for members of Congress to visit and then return to D.C. and do nothing,” he remarked.
Upon assuming office, President Joe Biden suspended all border barrier projects, pending inspection, through executive order. President Trump had diverted military funding to keep on building the wall after he failed to acquire financing to it at the 2019 funding, however the Pentagon afterward canceled those contracts in April.
However, in May it was revealed that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) would resume construction to repair a 13.4 mile stretch of levee in the Rio Grande Valley and install a concrete levee wall fit to stop flood, following pressure from local residents and elected officials.
The Texas governor commented that the massive influx of migrants pouring into the state is adversely affecting local industries and communities, in addition to overwhelming edge security and police personnel.
“One thing we all know and that’s a border crisis is alerting the farmers, the ranchers, the inhabitants of the entire border region. Your law enforcement officers, they’re having to divert their resources to deal with the border a