Texas Finalizes Plans to Construct 700 Miles of Wall at Southern Border
Border wall construction makes progress
Texas is to finalize the construction of a barrier along its southern border with Mexico as it is expected to award a new contract this week.
According to a statement on its website, the Texas Facilities Commission announced an engineering firm and a design firm had been drafted to oversee the project’s construction, according to The Texas Tribune.
The Washington Examiner reported:
“The Texas Facilities Commission, which oversees state contracts, said in a statement it anticipates awarding the border wall project with more than $1 billion in available funding by mid-September."
“The commissioners must vote on the decision before the contract for a program manager can be awarded, and the final monetary amount has not yet been determined. The program manager will handle the budget and determine where to build.”
The Texas Governor's office said that donations for the wall's funding have already surpassed $54 million.
The state legislature passed a $1.8 billion bill to fight illegal immigration in august, with almost half going to wall construction.
The wall is also a “substantive barrier” present on only 150 miles of the 1,250-mile border Texas shares with Mexico.
Over 700 miles of border was identified for the project to be built, the Examiner reported.
The landowners “agreed to let the state put up a barrier, which will allow Texas to avoid the lawsuits that held up the Trump administration’s efforts to seize private land for construction," the examiner added.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott statement explains the reason for the project:
“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen,” the statement declares.
“Open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis at our southern border as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas. The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally."
“Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”
In June, Abbott tweeted a video announcing, “Building the border barrier has begun.”
Building the border barrier has begun.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 28, 2021
The 1st step is to get easements on land.
The 2nd step is to clear the land for the building process.
That is what is happening here.
The Texas Facilities Commission is working to hire a program manager to oversee the entire process. pic.twitter.com/n9JUN0CymL
The project comes months after Abbott's disaster declaration to deal with the immigration crisis.
“President Biden’s open-border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and deadly drugs like fentanyl to pour into our communities,” Abbott said in the June 1 declaration.
“Meanwhile, landowners along the border are seeing their property damaged and vandalized on a daily basis while the Biden Administration does nothing to protect them. Texas continues to step up to confront the border crisis in the federal government’s absence, but more must be done,” he added.
Abbott was more upfront in a Twitter post:
“Texans agree with me over Biden on border response,” Abbott wrote.
“They want action, not empty words."
“While Biden does nothing to secure the border, Texas will get the job done.”
Texans agree with me over Biden on border response.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 28, 2021
They want action, not empty words.
While Biden does nothing to secure the border, Texas will get the job done. https://t.co/hoxsunF5Sp