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  • Abbott said the wall was necessary because of the Biden administration’s inaction at the border.
  • The governor Wednesday signed a letter directing the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to execute the project and hire contractors and subcontractors to erect the wall.
  • The state has also launched a website where it will take private donations for the wall.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday said the state will spend $250 million as a “down payment” for a project aimed at building hundreds of miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

During a news conference in Austin to provide more details on the state-led project, Abbott said the wall was necessary because of the Biden administration’s inaction at the border. 


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“The Biden administration has abandoned its responsibility to apply federal law to secure the border and enforce the immigration laws, and Texans are suffering as a consequence of that neglect by the Biden administration,” Abbott said. 

“In the federal government’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done. We will build a wall, we will secure the border, but most importantly we will restore safety to citizens who live in the lone star state,” the governor said. 

Abbott Wednesday signed a letter directing the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to execute the project and hire contractors and subcontractors to erect the wall. Abbott has not said how much wall would be built or what the total cost of the project would be, saying the program manager would make those determinations. 

State lawmakers signed a letter allowing the transfer of the “down payment” from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice into a disaster account, which will then be moved to the Texas Facilities Commission to kick off the border wall construction. 

The state has also launched a website where it will take private donations for the wall, and Abbott signed a letter to President Biden requesting the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall under the Trump administration. The construction of the wall would rely on private landowners and local governments to volunteer territory for the barrier. 


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“I believe based upon conversations that I’ve already had is that the combination of state land as well as volunteer land will yield hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas,” he said. 

Former President Trump’s signature project was a massive border wall meant to curb an influx of migrants into the U.S. Trump said Tuesday he will travel to the border later this month at the invitation of Abbott. 

Biden ordered a stop to construction of the wall in January. 


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Published on Jun 17, 2021