With strong criticism of the Biden administration, the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, vowed to solve the border crisis personally. After Biden suspended federal funding to build the wall on the border with Mexico, Abbott decided to use cargo containers to carry it out.
Fox News reported that Abbott decided to try to solve the issue with his own hands. Faced with the federal government’s refusal to continue building the wall that began on the southern border during the Trump era, he has decided to install improvised walls created from reused cargo containers.
The containers are placed at various strategic points where illegal migrants routinely cross or where they could cross in the future.
Troy Nehls (R-Tex.), who also served as sheriff in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most troubled areas, confirmed the construction of these walls during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“It’s a tool that the governor is using to try to help slow down, curb this invasion, this invasion that we’re seeing at our southern border,” Nehls said.
When Nehls was asked about the construction of the new walls, he said they serve the function of “funneling” migrants to areas with more significant police presence where it will be easier to limit their entry.
“We have 1,250 miles of border in Texas. That’s a lot of area to cover and we’re doing the federal government’s job for them because they refuse to do it on their own,” added Nehls.
Both Nehls and Abbott have repeatedly pointed to the Biden administration and its progressive policies as primarily responsible for the U.S. immigration crisis, which is concentrated primarily in Texas.
As a result, Nehls said during the interview, southern state governors have been forced to enforce the law using their own resources—particularly the current circumstances on the Texas border that’s costing its residents billions of dollars.”
Last week, during an interview with Newsweek, Governor Abbott said that “thousands and thousands” of National Guard troops and Texas Department of Public Safety agents are currently “blocking the border.”
The agents, Abbott said, are authorized to arrest any of these people who violate the blockades and to “put them in jail for violating a criminal trespassing offense in the state of Texas.”
He also mentioned the various mechanisms they are using to deter illegal immigrants, such as barbed wire and, in certain areas, the placement of walls made of cargo containers.
“This afternoon, they will be dropping down some of these large containers that you see on 18 wheelers, the same type of containers that you see on the ships, to blockade the border. We are identifying the most likely locations where people may be coming across the border and doing everything possible to secure those areas,” the governor said.
The governor further assured Texas had reallocated more than $3 billion in state tax dollars to secure its border. “Those are Texas taxpayer dollars doing the work of the federal government.”