Texas Governor Greg Abbott has promised to build a wall on its border with Mexico as illegal immigration surges. Republican Abbott said that he allocated $1 billion in state funds to maintain border security. "While securing the border is the federal government's responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows", said Abbott, reported BBC.
Ending the border wall construction was one of US President Joe Biden’s first actions after taking charge. In February, he rolled back the order used to fund the ex-president Donald Trump’s border wall and said that tax dollars would not be spent any further.
It is not known yet if Abbott will be building the wall independently. "It will help all of us to work on ways to stem the flow of unlawful immigration and to stem the flow of illegal contraband", told the governor on Thursday in a press conference. The plan would probably face legal challenges going forward. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said that it was “an attempt to distract from his governing failures while targeting vulnerable immigrants", reported BBC.
Customs and Border Protection of the US said it apprehended 180,034 migrants in May, of which most were single adults. It was the highest tally in a month since 2000. On Thursday, Abbott blamed Biden and his policies for the surge in the number of migrants and said that more details about the wall would be given next week. "Some of these border barriers will be built immediately", he said, reported BBC.