Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has decided to continue Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall U.S.-Mexico border.
Last week during a press conference, Abbott announced his plans continue to build a wall despite Joe Biden avoiding the move. “Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border,” said Abbott, who also mentioned the wall would cost a whopping $250 million of state funds, which will be a “down payment.”
“The Biden administration has abandoned its responsibility to apply federal law to secure the border and to enforce the immigration laws, and Texans are suffering as a consequence of that neglect by the Biden administration,” Abbott added, per Yahoo! News reporter and producer Marquise Francis. “In the federal government’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done.”
Yahoo! News reports that the number of immigrants attempting to cross the border has grown substantially since last spring. This past May, border patrol agents allegedly encountered 180,034 people attempting entry along the Southwest Border,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection claims on its website.
However, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has threatened to sue Abbott if he follows through with his plan.
“We believe that the governor has no authority constitutionally, either under state law or federal law, to build a wall or to arrest immigrants for trespassing,” LULAC national president Domingo Garcia told Yahoo News. “The U.S. Constitution clearly says that only the federal government can do that, and that means President Biden and Border Patrol. … He’s using children as political piñatas.”