Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state of Texas will begin construction immediately on their own border wall in areas where migrants can cross easily into the United States along the Rio Grande border section. The governor made the announcement in Del Rio due to the massive influx of illegal border crossing in this particular area.
Agents in the Del Rio section have apprehended 27,890 migrants so far in 2021 compared to 2,289 during the same time period in 2020. The numbers represent a 1,118 percent increase in apprehension of migrants attempting to cross the border illegally.
“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job. And amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more. The reason why we are here (Del Rio) is because of the massive increase. Border crossings used to be highly concentrated in the Rio Grande Valley. Now, you know we’re upstream from the Rio Grande Valley in the Del Rio Sector and the Del Rio sector is suffering from some of the largest increases.” – Governor Abbott
Many residents and law enforcement officials have informed the governor that they have seen a dramatic increase in crime activity and that it is unlike anything they have ever seen.
“They’re seeing a lot of very bad dangerous people come across the border. People that they are afraid of encountering, people who are causing damage to their fences, their livestock, their crops, their neighborhoods, and their homes. Bad things are happening around here, and so they need help from the state to help them address this exploding crisis.” – Governor Abbott
Governor Abbott made it clear that while the Biden administration is welcoming illegals into the country that would not be the situation in Texas.
“If you come to Texas, you’re subject to being arrested. You’re not going to have a pathway to roam the country. You’re going to have a pathway directly into a jail cell. We want to be very aggressive in working with local officials and begin making mass arrests. In working in collaboration with a large number of counties — that means we’re going to be arresting a lot more people.” – Governor Abbott
Texas and Arizona have decided to collaborate together to combat the issues at the border since the Biden Administration appears to be unwilling to step up and offer and type of assistance as the crisis continues to grow.
“With your help, we can apprehend more of these perpetrators of state and federal crimes before they can cause problems in your state. Texas and Arizona have stepped up to secure the border in the federal government’s absence, and now, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact gives your State a chance to stand strong with us.” – Governor Abbott
“Texas already has done more than any other state to secure the border, but we know that more has to be done. And we’re stepping up to undertake an unprecedented response to the border crisis caused by the federal government. In the end, only the federal government and Congress can fix this, but as it stands right now, the state of Texas is going to step up and we’re going to start making arrests — sending a message to anybody thinking about coming here, you’re not going to get a free pass to the U.S. They’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell.” – Governor Abbott
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