Texas Governor Greg Abbott to use unused border wall panels to secure the border.

Euri Giles | Clareifi

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced his plans that Texas will use the unused border wall panels to secure its border. This comes in response to President Joe Biden's decision to halt the construction of former President Trump's border wall.

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Hundreds of unused panels are sitting at sites like this one in Eagle Pass, TX, stated Abbott in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Texas has obtained this material for free, and Governor Abbott is not wasting any time in putting it to use. He has stated, "We're using it to build the wall & secure our border."

According to data from Customs and Border Protection, the rate of illegal border crossings in the State of Texas saw record highs last year, nearly doubling in the month of February when compared to January. In February 2021, there were 181,342 apprehensions made instead of 96,427 apprehensions in January of the same year.

Opponents of Governor Abbotts plans to continue construction of a border wall in Texas say that this will do nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into Texas. Border Patrol officials in Eagle Pass say that a wall is needed to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into Texas. Supporters of the border wall say that it will help to keep Texans safe from illegal immigration.

Border Patrol officials have long been calling for a physical barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, citing the need to stem the flow of both illegal immigrants and drugs into the country. In 2014, then – Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan testified before Congress that “a physical barrier…is essential to the Border Patrol’s ability to carry out its mission.”

Eagle Pass, Texas, lies just across the U.S.-Mexico border from Piedras Negras, Coahuila—one of the busiest drug-smuggling corridors in Mexico. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass say they desperately need a physical barrier to help them do their jobs.

“The wall works,” said Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera. “It’s not 100 percent, but it drastically reduces the amount of traffic that comes through an area.”

Cabrera, who is also the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455, has stated that a wall would also make it easier for Border Patrol agents to apprehend illegal immigrants who are attempting to cross into the U.S.

Who are the immigrants that are crossing the Texas border? And why are they crossing?

The immigrants that are crossing the Texas border come from all over the world. Central America, Mexico, and even Africa. They are fleeing violence, poverty, and political instability in their home countries. And they are coming to the United States searching for a better life.

Border Patrol is doing everything it can to stem the tide of immigration at the southwest border. But it is a difficult task. The terrain is rugged and vast, and there are simply not enough resources to patrol the entire border. And as long as there are people who are willing to risk their lives to come to the United States, they will continue to set out to cross the border.

What do you think?

Should Texas continue to build a border wall or not?

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