Unbeknownst to most Americans, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hasn’t just been installing razor-wire along the border against the Biden administration’s wishes; he’s also been building a border wall of his own.
“Texas made history as the first and ONLY state to build our own border wall. Construction is ongoing,” the governor revealed in a tweet posted Saturday. “We will not back down from our efforts to secure the border.”
Texas made history as the first and ONLY state to build our own border wall.
Construction is ongoing.
We will not back down from our efforts to secure the border. pic.twitter.com/ARi1aXuhay
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 3, 2024
As seen above, the tweet contained a video showing parts of the Texas border wall being installed.
Last week Abbott also paid tribute to the one-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star, a project to secure the border in southern Texas.
“Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 497,600 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 39,000 criminal arrests, with more than 35,200 felony charges,” a press release from his office reads.
“In the fight against the fentanyl crisis, Texas law enforcement has seized over 458 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission,” the press release continues.
The press release further notes that Texas has also shipped over 100,000 criminal illegal aliens to blue cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City.
“Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration’s refusal to secure the border,” the press release concludes. “Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Joe Biden’s open border policies.”
Texas continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by President Biden’s open border policies.
Through #OperationLoneStar, our state has taken historic action to help stop the flow of drugs, weapons, and people into our state.
Read more below.https://t.co/HNziC3Ho0V
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) February 3, 2024
All this comes amid an ongoing feud between Abbott and President Joe Biden over the previously mentioned razor-wire.
As previously reported, Abbott had razor-wire installed along certain parts of the southern border to prevent the entry of criminal illegal aliens. In response, Biden cried foul and ordered the razor-wire to be removed, but Abbott rebuffed those demands, prompting the administration to file suit.
The case made its way to the Supreme Court, where the justices ruled that the Biden administration has the right to cut down the razor-wire. But Abbott pushed back by noting that the ruling didn’t say he has to grant Biden’s goons access to the razor-wire. This prompted the administration to file suit again — this time for access.
The latest news from the standoff is that Texas Republicans fully and unequivocally support the governor’s efforts in combatting the Biden administration.
Indeed, most of the state’s GOP lawmakers penned a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week urging him to reconsider the administration’s latest suit.
“Since March 2021, Governor Abbott has taken a series of actions in an attempt to alleviate the burden of the crisis at our southern border, but this Administration’s failed border policies have enticed migrants to continue to cross,” they wrote.
I am proud to lead the Texas Delegation in sending a letter to AG Garland urging the DOJ to stop its harmful suit, and allow Texas to protect our border.
This invasion is out of control. If Biden is not going to take action to end this crisis, Texas will. pic.twitter.com/BNYa8SZDIq
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) January 25, 2024
Congressional Republicans are also backing Abbott.
“Republicans in Congress, including Texas Reps. Nate Moran, Keith Self and Dan Crenshaw, have repeatedly urged Abbott to ‘hold the line,'” Politico notes. “Sen. Ted Cruz said on Fox News that ‘Abbott is exactly right,’ referring to the governor’s claim that his actions are constitutionally protected.”
Regarding Crenshaw, last month he tweeted, “The reason Governor Abbott has been hesitant to go this far is because he did not want to put his own state law enforcement officers at odds with federal law enforcement officers.”
“But we should fight that legal battle when/if it comes. If the Biden Administration goes after Texas harder than illegal crossings it tells you all you need to know about their priorities. The time for action is long past due,” his tweet continued.
GOOD. Texas has been using the park as a base to stop illegal immigration while the Biden Administration has allowed it to reach unprecedented levels.
The reason Governor Abbott has been hesitant to go this far is because he did not want to put his own state law enforcement… https://t.co/cbzTkKRLr1
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 12, 2024
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