TEXAS — Texans are fed up with the Biden administration’s de facto “open border policies” and they plan to take action. Gov. Greg Abbott announced his state has allocated $1 billion in its fiscal year budget toward border security.
Talking to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham from the border near Del Rio, Abbott said, “To make a fine point on it, we have to build a border wall. I’ve been down here talking to the people in the Rio Grande Valley and the way they are being overrun is reprehensible, it’s disastrous what the Biden administration has done.”
Abbott has declared a state of emergency due to the crisis. As a result, the Texas Department of Public Safety can increase penalties for crimes such as trespassing, on which police will elevate the number of arrests of illegal immigrants intruding into Texans’ land.
“We’re going to take this very seriously, we’re going to do everything possible to secure our border, including building a border wall,” he said, adding that he will share details on that endeavor later next week.
The Texas governor chastised Biden for ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy that Trump put in place with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The agreement reduced the influx of migrants as they were instructed to file for asylum in Mexico before crossing into the United States, Fox reported.
“[Trump] began building the border wall and now suddenly all of that disappeared and as you highlighted, it has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people crossing the border but it’s not just unaccompanied minors, its people were causing great damage and harm to the residents right here in Del Rio as well as up and down the entire border,” said Abbott.
The Texas governor said the Biden administration has “laughed it off” and they view the overwhelming problem as a “joke,” making reference to Kamala Harris who frequently breaks into laughter when queried about the immigration catastrophe.
“[I]t is purposeful. It’s wanton disregard for the border laws, for the immigration laws, for the border communities, for candidly anybody in the United States of America,” he said.
“The Biden administration has abandoned the border [and] any pretense of border security, any pretense of enforcing our immigration laws. They’ve laughed it off just the exact same way that the vice president laughed it off in that interview the other day, and so it is a joke to the Biden administration.”