Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) speaks during a border security briefing with sheriffs from border communities at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:56 AM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021
Texas state lawmakers have become closer to clinching funding for the wall at our southern border. The Texas state Senate recently voted overwhelmingly in support of the nearly $2 billion dollar border security bill.
“My sincere hope is that the federal government will step up and do its job,” stated Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Texas). “Until that happens, Texans must do what is necessary to protect Texas.”
Texas Republican lawmakers said the border crisis was a non-partisan issue as it was rather about saving lives.
“This isn’t a partisan issue at all,” expressed Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Texas). “This is a humanitarian issue.”
More than half the budget would reportedly go towards wall and fence construction. The rest of the money would be used to prosecute illegal immigrants, human and drug smugglers as well as other legal proceedings related to border security.
GOP lawmakers have urged for the halting of political grandstanding by saying the funds could save lives and should be supported by every lawmaker in the body.
“This is a bipartisan, or it should be, a bipartisan issue,” Nelson stated. “I am grateful to those of you that spoke today and did not get into the political rhetoric that we fall into sometimes.”
Lawmakers have also stressed local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been exhausting resources to keep up with the spiraling border crisis.
“The horrors that are happening at the border are not staying at the border. They are coming to a town near you,” Nelson asserted. “We can’t solve every issue. We must do what we can to assist those on the front lines. They are begging for our help and everything in this bill is designed to do that.”
The bill is expected to head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R-Texas) desk, where he is likely to sign it into law. Meanwhile, reports say private donations for border wall funding totaled more than $54 million in August.