Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that the state of Texas would strengthen border security along the Texas-Mexico border, and for the first time, Abbott said that includes building a Wall.
In one interview along with Bob Price of Breitbart Texas, Abbott said the state would “immediately” begin building border fences along portions of the Texas-Mexico border where illegal immigrants cross easily. One area that will focus is the Del Rio sector. The Del Rio area has seen agents arrest 27,890 illegal immigrants. This is an increase of 1,118% from the May 2020 report of 2,289 apprehensions.
TheFederalist.com recently published an article detailing the change in border crossings at Del Rio and how crime has increased due to illegal crossings.
Governor Abbott Told Breitbart Texas that the new security measures would mean more prisons would be needed.
The governor explained that the barriers serve two functions in the fight against illegal border crossings. The first being physical deterrence. The second, “If they (the migrants) move or interfere with this barrier, they have committed several crimes.
These crimes include criminal mischief, vandalism of state or local government property, and criminal trespassing.
In addition, the recent declaration of a state of emergency by the state of Texas has increased the sentences for these crimes by one level.
“That means up to 180 days in prison,” Abbott continued. “Something that might be a Class B offense right now has turned into a Class A offense. And so they can have a lot of problems.
Questions remain. How much will it cost the state? And when will these actions be completed. Also, will there be a wall or a barrier? And what is the difference. Speaking with Breitbart, the governor talked about using barriers. At the summit, the governor used the word wall.
Hopefully more information will be released in the next week.
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