‘Not in our state’: Texas gets creative, starts using shipping containers to block illegal immigrants

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AUSTIN, TX – The state of Texas has been working on securing the southern border, where massive numbers of illegal aliens are pouring through despite their best efforts. 

Now, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that in addition to the National Guard Troops and other measures, they will now be using shipping containers to block any area they believe could be used to illegally enter the country.

Abbott was interviewed by Fox News Tucker Carlson regarding his border concerns. 

When asked by Carlson about what it was he was doing to secure the border, Abbott first started by saying that Democratic President Joe Biden is encouraging illegal aliens to cross the border. 

Abbott then said that he had mobilized 6,500 National Guard Troops and Department of Public Safety troopers along the border.  Abbott added:

“And as we’re talking right now, they are identifying locations on the border where they are laying down razor wire to secure all the possible crossings that these caravans may be coming to…

And in addition that beginning today, we begin dropping these large containers that you see on 18-wheelers, that y’all see on these ships that are going across the ocean.

“We’re dropping them down on locations that could be crossings that would be used by these caravans to serve as a blockade to prevent them from coming across the border. 

And then, on top of that, if they do come across the border, the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety, they are authorized to arrest any of these people who make it through our blockade efforts and put them in jail for violating a crime of criminal trespass in the state of Texas.”

Abbott then addressed the border wall that former Republican President Donald Trump had championed in his push to become President and his re-election bid. 

Abbott said that they were not concerned that President Biden did not favor the border wall as he believes it is a waste of money.  Abbott said:

“We’re in the process of getting bids on it [border wall].  And I’m told to expect part of the Texas wall to be completed before the end of the calendar year.”

Carlson then asked Abbott what type of pushback he envisioned receiving from President Joe Biden and his Administration.  Abbott said:

“Listen the Biden Administration has been pushing back every step of the way.  Among other things that I did, Tucker, I issued an order preventing any of the NGO’s or other assistant aids in the State of Texas from transporting or moving any illegal immigrant inside the State of Texas because of health care reasons because of possible spread of COVID.

“The Biden administration sued me, and went to federal court, they got a federal court to rule that my executive order was unconstitutional. 

I will continue to act, however, it just goes to show the level of pushback from the Biden Administration even trying to deny me to protect the health and safety of my fellow Texans.”

Abbott also referenced former President Trump’s Remain in Mexico Policy which prevented illegal aliens from entering the country until approved by the courts under a program known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). 

The illegal aliens were forced to stay in the country which appeared to slow down border crossings, something in which the President’s Administration was ordered by a Federal Judge to reinstate

Under the Trump-era policy, roughly 68,000 illegal aliens were returned to Mexico and required to stay there while their cases made it through the court system. 

And although the Biden Administration admits that it has slowed illegal migration, they claim that the ethical costs are too high.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a statement on the program and in part said:

“It is, as a result, my judgment that the benefits of MPP are far outweighed by the costs of continuing to use the program on a programmatic basis, in whatever form. 

For the reasons detailed more fully in the attached memorandum, the contents of which are adopted and incorporated into the decision contained here, I am hereby terminating MPP…The Department will continue complying with the Texas injunction requiring good-faith implementation and enforcement of MPP. 

But the termination of MPP will be implemented as soon as practicable after a final judicial decision to vacate the Texas injunction.”

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It begins: States fed up with the border wall being stopped sue the Biden Administration

WASHINGTON, DC – Two states are fed up with their belief that the Biden Administration’s stance on halting the construction of the border wall has violated the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution. 

As a result, they have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get the wall constructed.

Attorney Generals from Missouri and Texas have joined forces to sue the Biden administration over their concerns with border security. 

Attorney General for Missouri, Eric Schmitt, and the Attorney General for Texas, Ken Paxton, believe that there is enough cause to move forward with the lawsuit.  Schmitt released a statement that read in part:

“Time and again, the Biden administration has refused to take concrete action to quell the worsening border crisis, inviting the cartels and human drug smugglers to take advantage of our porous border. 

Without a border wall, illegal immigrants, coyotes, and bad actors can simply march across our southern border and into the interior. The border wall needs to be built, the funds have been appropriated to continue to build the wall, and yet the Biden Administration outright refuses to do so.”

 

Schmitt’s concern has to do with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and the designation of over $1.3 billion that was to go to construct the border wall. 

Additionally, the DHS Appropriations Act also slated the same amount of money for construction. 

The problem is, according to Schmitt and Paxton, President Joe Biden and his administration redirected those funds elsewhere, without any further approval. 

Paxton said:

“The Biden Administration’s flat refusal to use funds that have already been set aside by Congress to build the border wall is not only illegal and unconstitutional. It’s also wrong, and it leaves states like Texas and Missouri footing the bill.  I will not sit idly by while this Administration wreaks more havoc on our state.”

Both Schmitt and Paxton do have a point in as much as the funds were directed to go towards the border wall construction.  Specifically, according to the DHS Appropriations Act:

“The FY 2021 funding of $1.375 billion supports the construction of approximately 56 miles of border wall system in U.S. Border Patrol (USBPD) top-priority locations as outlined in the Border Security Improvement Plan (BSIP).”

 

Paxton, during a press conference in El Paso, Texas, addressed the lawsuit with those in attendance.  He said:

“I’ll just say to the President of the United States, ‘Let’s go Brandon!, we’ll see you in court.”

 

Let’s go Brandon is a viral saying that seemingly started when NBC reporter Kelli Stavast was interviewing NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Brown after he had won a race at Talladega. 

During the interview, the crowd allegedly was chanting, “Fuck Joe Biden,” and Stavast, for whatever reason, stated to the camera that the crowd was shouting “Let’s go Brandon.”

President Biden and his Administration have not made any attempts to hide their disdain for the construction of the border wall.  President Biden, on his inauguration day, noted his belief that the wall was a “waste of money.”

This is not the first lawsuit that Paxton and Schmitt have filed against the Biden Administration, specifically over border control concerns, this is their seventh. 

They have won at least one of their lawsuits when the courts ordered the Administration to reinstitute former President Donald Trump’s remain in Mexico policy.

The remain in Mexico policy forces those that wish to enter the country for purposes of seeking asylum to remain in Mexico while their cases are heard in court.  District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, who heard the case, agreed that the policy should be enforced and ordered that it be reimplemented in November.

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