Texas has said it will build go ahead and the border wall and will pay for it through donations from online donors.
Texas Republican Governor, Greg Abbott, has announced his plans to build the wall along the state’s border with Mexico…
And he voiced his intentions in a live-streamed press conference yesterday.
Abbott announced he would be setting aside $250 million as a “down payment” to hire a project manager and contractors to begin construction.
This comes after President Biden suspended the construction of a border wall from the moment he set foot in office.
“In response to the federal government’s neglect of all of the people who live along the border, the people who are facing the consequences of the spread of drugs like fentanyl, Texas is stepping up and doing more than any other state ever has done to respond to these challenges along the border,” Abbott said.
“Texas taxpayers are having to step up so we as a state can protect our citizens.”
Alongside the initial $250 million, the wall will also be funded through donations.
The state has set up a website and post office box for people to send money to support the project.
Abbott also revealed that he is asking the federal government to return the land first obtained for the U.S. government’s wall.
In a letter to President Biden, he wrote: “The federal government used condemnation powers to take property from Texans for the purpose of building a border wall. Once you took office, however, your Administration made clear the federal government will not move forward with building the border wall at this time. I write now to demand that you immediately return to Texans any land taken by the federal government but not used for building a border wall.”
“Texas stands ready to build the wall in Texas, and we have begun the process of hiring a manager to oversee that project. We will look first at using state property and donated private property,” he continued, “We will also visit with Texans whose land was taken by the federal government to determine if they will allow the State of Texas to build a wall on their land.”