DEL RIO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Throughout a summit on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned he’ll announce plans subsequent week for Texas to start constructing a wall alongside the southern border.
“I’ll announce subsequent week the plan for the state of Texas to start constructing the border wall within the state of Texas,” Abbott mentioned.
Particulars equivalent to prices and site weren’t instantly mentioned by the governor as there are plans for an announcement.
The governor and different legislation enforcement companies took half in a summit on Thursday about safety alongside the southern border.
Throughout the summit, Abbott introduced initiatives to handle border considerations equivalent to creating the Governor’s Process Pressure on Border and Homeland Safety, in addition to a $1 billion allocation in the direction of border safety.
The duty drive will embody members from the Division of Public Security, Texas Division of Emergency Administration, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Navy Division.
The governor additionally introduced that individuals who enter the state illegally can be topic to arrest for trespassing.
Abbott blamed the Biden administration’s insurance policies for the surge in migrants coming into Texas.
“Whereas securing the border is the federal authorities’s duty, Texas is not going to sit idly by as this disaster grows. The state is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the disaster to arrest and detain people coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott mentioned. “Our efforts will solely be efficient if we work collectively to safe the border, make felony arrests, shield landowners, rid our communities of harmful medication, and supply Texans with the assist they want and deserve. That is an unprecedented disaster, and Texas is responding with essentially the most sturdy and complete border plan the nation has ever seen.”
In response to the governor, the summit in Del Rio concerned Texas sheriffs, police chiefs, county judges, mayors and landowners listening to from state officers on these explicit efforts.
Remarks had been delivered by Abbott, Texas Division of Emergency Administration Nim Kidd, Main Common Tracy Norris of the Texas Navy Division and Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw.