Immigration, Politics, States

Texas Building “Permanent Border Wall, Within Days”

The state of Texas will soon see the construction of a permanent border wall, the state’s Land Commissioner George P. Bush, grandson of former president George H. W. Bush, said during a Thursday appearance on NewsNation’s The Donlon Report.

“We will be breaking ground in a matter of days,” Bush said. “In the coming days, we’ll make an announcement in Starr County, which is in the Rio Grande Valley, where roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigrant apprehensions in our country occur.”

Construction of the wall comes at the request of Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott who has long favored such a measure as a means of cracking down on illegal migration. In June, Abbott made a major push for the wall’s construction by starting a private donation campaign that has since raised over $54 million…

DPS has served as a major force in Abbott’s crackdown at the border under his “Operation Lone Star” initiative that launched in March. The strategy utilizes DPS and the Texas National Guard to prevent migrant crossings through a number of deterrents that have included actions such as placing physical hurdles, like steel shipping containers, on borderlines. It has also led to a number of migrant arrests for criminal trespassing charges. Read more…

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