Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Sunday that his state will no longer play catch-up at the southern border, and is using its own resources to limit the entry of migrants.
In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Future,” Abbott said he has deployed the National Guard as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety in the area.
“We don’t play around anymore,” he announced.
“We have a new program there because the Biden administration’s plan is ‘Catch and Release,’ and Texas’s plan is ‘Catch and Detain’.”
According to Abbott, the state government has begun a program to arrest and detain illegal migrants.
“It took a couple of weeks to set up because we had to set up a whole placement system for judges to be involved in the process, had to reopen an old prison that had a thousand seats and was starting to fill it, ” he said.
“We arrest people every day and we catch trespassers.”
Abbott said the state’s goal is to “continue to arrest people who cross the border, while also adding more National Guard officers and the Texas Department of Public Security to make sure we’re doing what we do.” everything we can to keep the border safe.”
Last month, Mr. Abbott announced the state would put $1 billion into the budget to strengthen border security because the federal government, under Joe Biden’s administration, has failed to do so.
“The construction of the wall in Texas has officially begun,” Mr. Abbott said.
Mr. Abbott also signed a letter pledging $250 million as an “advance” for construction.