Abbott Says Texas Will Build A Border Wall
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that the State of Texas will be increasing border security along the Texas-Mexico border, and for the first time, Abbott said that includes building a wall.
In an interview with Bob Price of Breitbart Texas, Abbott said that the state will "immediately" begin building border barriers along portions of the Texas-Mexico border where illegal immigrants are easily crossing. One area that will be focused on is the Del Rio Sector. The Del Rio Sector have seen agents take into custody 27,890 illegal immigrants. That is a 1,118 percent increase over the May 2020 report of 2,289 apprehensions.
TheFederalist.com recently published an article detailing the change in border crossings in Del Rio and how crime has increased because of the illegal crossings.
Governor Abbott told Breitbart Texas that the new security measures would mean more jails would be needed.
The governor explained that the barriers serve two functions in the battle against illegal border crossings. The first being physical deterrence. The second, “If they (migrants) move or interfere with that barrier, they have committed several crimes.”
Those crimes include criminal mischief, vandalism of state property or local government property, and criminal trespass.
In addition, the recent declaration of a State of Emergency by the State of Texas causes the penalties for these crimes to increase by one level.
“That means up to 180 days in jail,” Abbott continued. “Something that may be a Class B misdemeanor right now, turned into a class A misdemeanor. And so they can get into a lot of trouble.”
Questions do still remain. How much will this cost the state? And when will these actions be completed. Also, will there be a wall or a barrier? And what is the difference. When speaking with Breitbart the Governor talked about using barriers. During the summit, the Governor used the word wall.
Hopefully more information will be released in the next week or so.
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