UPDATED 11:36 AM PT – Sunday, December 19, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) announced Texas is making great progress with the southern border wall in the Rio Grande Valley. On Saturday, Abbott shared some remarks about Joe Biden, illegal immigration and the border wall construction during a press briefing.
In June, Abbott directed the Texas Facilities Commission to start building the border wall. He authorized $3 billion in funding for the efforts.
“Texas is taking what truly is unprecedented action…a state to build a wall on our border, to safeguard the sovereignty of our state and of our nation,” Abbott said during his press conference.
Also during the press conference, Abbott discussed the fentanyl crisis at the southern border.
The Texas border wall is officially up.
While Biden does nothing, we are stepping up to protect our communities.
The Lone Star State is securing the border. pic.twitter.com/oYuY4zYLQl
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 18, 2021
“And we’re seeing something devastating that the Biden administration is not doing enough to respond and that is the enormous amount of the deadly drug, fentanyl, that’s coming across our border. Two milligrams of fentanyl is a deadly dose. And we have already apprehended enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman, and child in Texas, California, New York, Illinois, and Florida combined,” said Abbott.
The wall will also have different surveillance devices to monitor future immigration flow.