Texas Governor Greg Abbott began laying concertina wire along the Texas-Mexican border to prevent migrants from entering the State. He is getting pushback from numerous citizens.
The concertina wire is an added reinforcement to help prevent migrants from crossing illegally into Texas. Since Governor Abbott started Operation Lone Star, he is using the wire and support from the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety to secure the open border.
Last year, Abbott said in an interview:
"They're laying miles of razor wire upon razor wire."
"This afternoon, they will be dropping down some of these large containers that you see on 18 wheelers, the same type of containers that you see on the ships, to blockade the border. We are identifying the most likely locations where people may be coming across the border and doing everything possible to secure those areas."
In El Paso, concertina wire was added after Mayor Oscar Leeser requested an Emergency declaration in December. He feared the situation was going to get worse as Title 42 was expected to end before the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the COVID-era requirement to continue.
Now the United States International Boundary and Water Commission wants Governor Abbott to play by the rules. They have requested the Texas Department of Public Safety to have the proper paperwork to lay down concertina wire along the El Paso border.
Some paperwork was provided, but they never finished giving all the paperwork tie the International Boundary and Water Commission.
At the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the concertina wire.
She said Governor Abbott was conducting another political stunt. This was not the first time Jean-Pierre has called out the governor.
Do you think Governor Abbott should require concertina wire to be placed along the Texas border?
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