“Building the wall in Texas has officially begun,” Abbott said.
As Abbott foreshadowed earlier this week, he also provided a website and a mailing address where individuals can contribute to the construction of the border wall.
The governor indicated that the program manager, by coordinating with contractors, will be able to develop more specific details such as the length of the wall and the exact cost.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also appeared and characterized the new order as “the most consequential letter and document and resolution signed by any governor in modern history.”
“We are being invaded.”
Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) commended Abbott for providing a “Texas solution to a Washington, D.C. problem.”
When asked by The Texan why the border wall project is a priority for Abbott now as opposed to when several members of the legislature co-authored legislation in March to fund the project, Abbott discussed the “multiple steps” Texas has taken since he took office.
The governor indicated the state-level border strategy “lessened” due to the assertive policies of the Trump administration.
“In response to the Biden administration’s lack of commitment to secure the border, we launched Operation Lone Star. This is a strategy that we have used in the past of flooding the border with law enforcement officials and National Guard that has yielded positive results,” Abbott contended.
At the press event, he signed a letter to Biden demanding that the federal government return land that was confiscated for the purpose of the border wall so Texas may possibly use it for that purpose.
Abbott has faced criticism, particularly from one of his Republican challengers, former state Sen. Don Huffines, for failing to prioritize a border wall project sooner.
The governor warned that Texans in rural areas are losing property and having to defend themselves against illegal immigration. He said he is coordinating a new disaster declaration in addition to the one he has already issued that will “concentrate on making arrests on the border of people who are coming across.”
Responding to criticisms that he is politicizing the border wall, Abbott said, “Anyone who thinks this is politics doesn’t have a clue what’s going on at the border.”
Texans are able to donate to the border wall at this link or by mailing contributions to “Texas Border Wall Funding,” P.O. Box 13226, Austin, TX 78711.
A copy of Abbott’s letter to the Texas Facilities Commission directing the agency to hire a program manager for the border wall project can be found below.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.