Although the federal government has largely turned a blind eye to the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border, the State of Texas is rounding up dollars to fund the border wall and busses to ship the illegals to Washington D.C. and New York City.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s “Border Crisis Update” website provides links to allow citizens across the country to contribute to either project due with the stated goal that the collective efforts will “secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texas with the support they need and deserve.”
The July 22 update on total funding indicated that $118,297 had been raised for border funding and $55,334,747 had been secured to fund the border wall. A single bus ride has a price tag of at least $1,400 and the total bill for April and May trips have cost the state over $1.6 million, NBCDFW reported.
“While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as the crisis grows,” Abbott said. “Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.”
Border hoppers can pick anywhere along the 1,254 miles of shared border between Texas and Mexico to make the crossing. In the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Del Rio Sector which covers 245 miles along the Rio Grande River and Lake Amistad there have been multiple convicted child predators and gang members apprehended by agents in just the first part of this month alone.
Convicted rapist, child sex offenders nabbed amid migrant invasion on southern border: Border Patrol https://t.co/F858Uq5oFo
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 14, 2022
In an April press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott addressed the impetus for the donation website after he had made an announcement that the Lone Star State would start bussing illegal immigrants to the nation’s capital.
“As soon as the announcement was made, we were overwhelmed with phone calls, with letters, with requests about people providing buses, people driving buses, people paying for buses. We got to thinking – if people across the country are so eager to participate in this, we should put a website link up and let them participate. As soon as we do that, well, the donations have come in. It likely is going to mean – I haven’t seen what the number is – but it likely will mean it will be no cost to the state of Texas for providing these buses,” Abbott said.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 11, 2022
Last year, Texas budgeted over $1 billion for border security last fiscal year, which was in part used to fund the border wall.
“To make a fine point on it, we have to build a border wall,” Abbott said last summer. “I’ve been down here talking to the people in the Rio Grande Valley and the way they are being overrun is reprehensible, it’s disastrous what the Biden administration has done.”
There was criticism of the governor’s unique solution to the southern border crisis as some people felt the buses were headed in the wrong direction and should be dropping the immigrants back off in Mexico instead.
The buses need to be sent back to Mexico, not our nations capital. Evict the illegals.
— Rhonda (@freespeech4650) April 27, 2022
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