GOP Texas Governor Greg Abbott has recently undertaken “unprecedented” actions in order to deter or discourage multiple thousands of immigrants from crossing illegally into the state. Specifically, Abbott has parked multiple Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard vehicles along the Southern border, near the Del Rio International Bridge.
In an appearance on Fox News, Abbott remarked that the state has put up “hundreds” of the safety vehicles, and in doing so, “created a steel wall,” or “a steel wall of DPS vehicles.”
Per Abbott, the steel wall prevents individuals from crossing the dam that migrants frequently walked across.
“We effectively … regained control of the border,” Abbott declared.
Currently, multiple thousands of migrants are sleeping in the dirt and living in makeshift camps underneath the international bridge, awaiting processing from American immigration authorities. The Texas governor has openly blamed Joe Biden’s administration for the entire situation, noting that the federal government has made minimal effort to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
At a press conference in Val Verde County, Abbott labeled the Biden administration as one that “is not enforcing the law in this country,” as well as one that has summarily “abandoned any pretense of securing the border and securing [the nation’s] sovereignty.”
Abbott observed that these actions have culminated in “the onrush of people” witnessed underneath the international bridge, which resulted in government officials starting to park their cars alongside the border over the past week.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety is [out] in full force along the border around the Del Rio area,” Abbott proclaimed, adding that the department has “built a barricade” with State Troopers and departmental squad cars.
“The National Guard is working with them to secure the border,” Abbott added.
In a statement, Abbott also recalls how countless people began streaming across the border one day, which is when the Texas Department of Safety opted to put up multiple vehicles. However, the steel wall made an immediate impact on border crossing.
“In an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location,” Abbott remarked, adding that the “strategy is working.”
In addition to the steel wall, the state also plans to allocate a further $2B on security measures for the border.
Given the federal government’s lack of border assistance, “it has been the state of Texas that has had to stand up,” Abbott observed.
“Failure to enforce laws that exist in the United States leads to chaos,” Abbott continued, “and chaos leads to inhumanity.”