PHARR, TEXAS – JUNE 30: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott listens to former President Donald Trump’s address during a tour to an unfinished section of the border wall on June 30, 2021 in Pharr, Texas. Gov. Abbott has pledged to build a state-funded border wall between Texas and Mexico as a surge of mostly Central American immigrants crossing into the United States has challenged U.S. immigration agencies. So far in 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 900,000 immigrants crossing into the United States on the southern border. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:43 PM PT – Friday, September 17, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has signed a nearly $2 billion border security bill into law. On Friday, Abbott signed legislation to allocate an additional $1.8 billion to protecting the southern border over the next two years.
This nearly triples what the state already spends on border security. Abbott said his hands were tied in making the decision due to the Biden administration’s failure to follow through on its duties.
“It’s the federal government’s job to secure our border, but the Biden administration has failed to do its job. So, Texas is stepping up and doing what the federal government is supposed to do,” said Abbott.
In the meantime, thousands of migrants are currently trying to enter the U.S. through the border crossing in Del Rio, Texas.