Former President Donald Trump ran on the ticket that he was going to build a border wall between Texas and Mexico. The progress Trump made only covered a small fraction of the shared border between Texas and the country of Mexico. Governor Greg Abbott is picking up where he left off.
As soon as President Joe Biden came into office in January 2021, he stopped building the wall according to US News. This caused Governor Abbott to request support since migrants were crossing the southern border and the flow of fentanyl was illegally brought into the state.
Governor Abbott stated on September 15 in a press release, that Operation Lone Star apprehended 447,800 illegal immigrants, made 34,200 criminal arrests, and seized 428 million doses of fentanyl.
So the border wall that Trump worked on, barely covers the entire length of the Texas border. While he was in office, the wall covered 458 miles along the border as reported by US News.
The total length of Texas is 1,241 miles according to Wikipedia. So only one-fourth of Texas has a wall.
President Trump insisted Mexico would pay for the wall, but according to the Washington Office of Latin America, the country hasn’t paid anything.
Construction of the wall has all been paid for by taxpayer money or donations.
As of May 11, people have donated $55,408,693 for the construction of the wall.
On September 15, Governor Abbott announced Texas was building more walls along the Del Rio sector to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the border.
Earlier in January, Governor Abbott appointed Border Czar Mike Banks to spearhead security along the border.
Do you think the wall will get completed under Governor Abbott’s time in office?