Construction begins for the Texas border wall

LA JOYA, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 18: U.S. National Guard members patrol an unfinished section of border wall on November 18, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. The number of migrants taken into U.S. custody along the southern border decreased for a third consecutive month in October. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded more than 164,000 migrant apprehensions in October. Approximately 55% of migrants encountered were expelled back to Mexico, or their homelands. U.S. President Joe Biden met this Thursday with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the first North American Leaders' Summit (NALS) since 2016. They discussed the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, immigration and economic growth. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

LA JOYA, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 18: U.S. National Guard members patrol an unfinished section of border wall on November 18, 2021 in La Joya, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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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.

“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.

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