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Texas Gov. pledges to build border wall, invites Trump to come pretend to be President again

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As Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott makes plans to build a border wall, continuing the failed efforts and broken promises of four years of the Trump administration, the former President has announced  that he “accepted the invitation” of Abbot to tour Texas’ southern border together, presumably so he can pretend to be President, much like he did from 2017-2021.

via Twitter

Trump issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the meeting:

“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.”

The Texas-Mexico border wall was of course a key promise of Trump’s campaign and presidency, but in the end, the nearly 450 miles of wall built during his tenure were mostly in Arizona and not in Texas, where border crossings are far more frequent.

Trump border wall via Flickr / Trump White House Archived

Last Thursday Abbott said that Texas is taking the issue into its own hands to build a border wall to slow  the influx of immigrants coming across the border from Mexico.  He added that the wall will be partially crowdfunded with the state soliciting donations from across the US.

Critics immediately pointed out that immigration enforcement is a federal issue and not a up to individual states, and many went further in questioning the constitutionality of Abbott’s plan.

Trump border wall via Flickr / Trump White House Archived

Abbott has been an outspoken critic the current administration for its policies on immigration, saying that the border constitutes a crisis and accusing President Biden of “helping the cartels make more money.”

Last month, Abbott deployed over 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guardsmen to the southern border as part of his Operation Lone Star, his own initiative to beef up security there.

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Trump endorsed Abbott for reelection earlier this month as he faces a potentially tough challenge from former state Senator Don Huffines of Dallas, who announced his challenge to Abbott earlier this year.


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