‘Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall’

Governor Abbott announces border wall construction strategy

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, June 16, Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference in Austin, where he announced many key components of the State of Texas’ plan to build a border wall. The press conference follows the Governor’s Border Security Summitt last week in Del Rio, which pulled together law enforcement, city and county officials and landowners to talk about strategies to secure the border and protect communities.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance and House Appropriations Chair Jane Nelson and Greg Bonnen and members of the legislature all joined the Governor during his press conference.

“The Biden Administration has abandoned its responsibilities to secure the border and Texans are suffering as a result,” said Governor Abbott. “The problems along the border are only getting worse due to President Biden’s inaction. Property is being destroyed, deadly drugs and illegal weapons are being smuggled into communities throughout the state, law enforcement is having to redirect their resources, and county judges and mayors are facing skyrocketing expenses. Texas is doing more than any state has ever done to protect the border, but it is clear that more is needed. In the Biden Administration’s absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done by building the border wall. Through this comprehensive public safety effort, we will secure the border, slow the influx of unlawful immigrants, and restore order in our border communities.”

The Governor signed a letter to the Texas Facilities Commission during the press conference. The letter directs the commission to hire a project manager to oversee the construction of the Texas border wall. As part of the project manager’s duties, he/she will lead the process of planning and executing the project and will hire the contractors and subcontractors necessary to build the wall. After being hired, the project manager and contractors will identify state land and land that private landowners and local governments can volunteer for the wall.

Also, Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick, Speaker Phelan, and Senator Nelson and Representative Bonnen signed a letter during the press conference. This letter grants permission for the transfer of $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the border wall and hire a program manager and contractors. Additionally, the Governor noted that the state budget allocates 1.1 billion dollars towards border security – a record for Texas.

In addition to those two letters, Governor Abbott also signed a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the immediate return of any land taken by the federal government to build the border wall. Texas will talk to those property owners about the possibility of Texas using that land to build the wall, once the land is returned

The Governor also announced a donation page that can be found at www.borderwall.texas.gov, where people can voluntarily donate to the construction of the border wall. The Texas Division of Emergency Management will maintain those funds donated.