Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott overruled failed border czar Kamala Harris saying his state isn’t “playing games anymore” at the southern border. To that end, Abbott said he has a new ‘catch and jail’ plan to help stem the tide of migrants.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Abbott said he’s deployed the National Guard as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety to the area to try to get control of the crisis at the border. “We are not playing games anymore,” he said.
“We have a new program in place because the Biden administration plan is to catch and release. The Texas plan is to catch and to jail.”
“It took a few weeks to set up because we had to set up an entire booking system to get judges involved in the process, and magistrate the people and had to open up a former prison that had a thousand jail beds that were starting to fill up,” he said.
“We are arresting people every single day and we are arresting for trespassing.”
Abbott said his goal is “to continue arresting people that come across the border but at the same time surge more National Guard and more Texas Department of Public Safety officers to make sure that we are doing everything that we can as a state to secure the border.”
Abbott said the state was forced to put $1 billion in its budget to strengthen border security because the federal government has failed to step up.
”Building the wall in Texas has officially begun,” Abbott said when he announced Texas would build a border wall.
Abbott recently gave an update on wall construction. From Breitbart:
Site preparation work for one segment of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s recently announced border wall project is visibly underway south of the city. On Thursday, work crews could be seen clearing land and surveying property near a truck route leading to the Camino Real International Bridge.
On Wednesday, migrants could be seen crossing through the area that will soon be the site of a several-mile concrete barrier and fence to impede access from the Rio Grande. The site is part of the right-of-way for Texas State Loop 480. The loop parallels the border for several miles and is notorious for migrant traffic.
A spokesperson for Abbott’s office told Breitbart Texas several border barriers and fencing projects are underway. “Since Governor Abbott announced the border wall construction strategy last month, the Department of Public Safety has been working with local landowners who consent to temporary fencing constructed on their land by Texas Military Department engineers.”
As for the project in Eagle Pass, the spokesperson elaborated: “the Texas Department of Transportation has begun clearing vegetation and constructing a concrete barrier on state land after a competitive bidding process.
"Gov. Abbott: Texas' New Border Plan 'Catch And Jail'— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 26, 2021
We have a new program contrary to the Biden plan to catch & release.
The Texas plan is to catch & to jail.
The National Guard & the Texas Dept. of Public Safety are deployed for the mission.https://t.co/5JepgPkav0
Biden opened the floodgates on our southern border. Texas is stopping it.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 25, 2021
The @TexasGuard & @TxDPS have started arresting illegal migrants coming across the border & putting them in jail.
No more catch & release. pic.twitter.com/91TJX53bGq
Texas Border Wall update:— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 23, 2021
New Border Wall Construction Begins near West Texas Town.
This is in addition to the new program to arrest and jail illegal immigrants arrested for trespassing in Texas.https://t.co/dE7z5I5sbH via @BreitbartNews