Texas Governor Greg Abbott, during an interview on Thursday the 28th Oct. with Tucker Carlson, criticized Biden’s border policy and said he should have built his own wall as a measure to protect his state, Fox News reported.
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Abbott said that “Texas is stepping up and we are building our own border wall. That process has already begun,” he added.
The governor further assured that Texas has 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,” he said, according to Newsweek.
Back in July, his state’s administration and lawmakers had signed a letter authorizing the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to jump-start construction of the border wall.
“One of the most important public-safety issues today is the need to protect against criminal activity, loss of life and injury to persons, and property damage caused by the surge in unlawful border crossings at the Texas-Mexico border.”
“At the request of county judges on and near the border, I have issued a formal disaster declaration to assist border-area counties, and their residents, respond to the challenges they are facing as a result of an unprecedented number of people coming into their counties illegally, including cartels, gangs, and smugglers,” the letter read.
Abbott told Carlson on Thursday that he sent thousands of agents to identify points of entry into the state and the installation of barbed wire to deter illegal immigrants.
“We now have 6,500 National Guard and Police Department troops on the border to help protect the border. And as we’re talking right now, they are identifying locations on the border where they are putting up barbed wire to secure all possible crossings that these caravans can get to,” the Republican said.
Agents, Abbott assured, are authorized to arrest any of these people who violate the blockades, and to “put them in jail for violating a felony criminal trespass in the state of Texas.”
Contrary to Trump’s policies, which throughout his campaign and tenure aimed at building the border wall, when Biden first took office he halted its construction and declared through an Office of Management and Budget statement, that a “massive wall spanning the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution” and also a “waste of money,” as reported by AP in June of this year.
For Abbott, Biden is redesigning America “in a completely illegal way.”
“They talked about this on the campaign trail when all the Democrats were on the same debate stage talking about, quite literally, these socialistic policies they would employ in the United States,” the Republican said.
Abbott added, “That leaves it to the states now to step up and do everything we can to hold onto the United States of America until Republicans can regain control of Congress and the presidency.”