“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Wednesday the state budget would provide $250 million as a ‘down payment’ to help fund the construction of a wall at the state’s border with Mexico. Former President Trump pledged to build a wall along the southern border, but only 450 miles of new barriers had been completed by the end of his term, per the Washington Post. President Biden terminated the national emergency declared by Trump used to fund his wall plans and is returning more than $2 billion redirected from Department of Defense projects for the border project. Trump, who will visit the border with Abbott later this month, faced opposition from ‘private property owners unwilling to allow the federal government to build on their land,’ the Texas Tribune notes.”
“Abbott told a news conference that his belief, per conversations he’s had with officials, is that a ‘combination of state land as well as volunteer land will yield hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas.’ He did not detail precisely how long he planned the wall to be nor its location, but he has directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager to determine this, along with the total budget. Abbott said the $250 million in funding was ‘more than enough to hire a project manager and contractor to begin building the wall,’ declaring: ‘Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border'” – Axios.