Abbott launches Texas border wall project with $250 million ‘down payment’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday formally announced that Texas will build its own border wall, as he accused the Biden administration of abandoning its responsibility to protect the southern U.S. border.

“Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott said at a press conference.

Abbott launches Texas border wall project with $250 million ‘down payment’

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday formally announced that Texas will build its own border wall, as he accused the Biden administration of abandoning its responsibility to protect the southern U.S. border.

“Today we are announcing that Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” Abbott said at a press conference.
Abbott also announced a $250 million down payment to begin the project, allowing the state to hire a project manager and get the task underway. He said that it would be built on a combination of state land and donations of private land, and be partly funded by donations.

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

The Dallas Morning News later reported that the down payment will come from the state’s Department of Criminal Justice.

More than 450 miles of a border wall, including in Texas, was built during the Trump administration. That construction was suddenly halted by the Biden administration shortly after President Biden took office. Opponents of wall construction said it was cruel and ineffective, while proponents said it was a vital part of a border strategy to stop the flow of illegal immigration.

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