Undocumented migrants crossing the border illegally in Texas (USA) could be arrested and face state charges under a tough new plan announced Thursday by the governor Greg Abbott, who indicated that he also intends to continue the construction of the border wall with Mexico.
Abbott indicated that migrants will be arrested by officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety and could face charges for trespassing, drug trafficking, human trafficking or damage to property, among others.
During a border security summit where representatives of different police departments of the state participated, the republican governor announced the plan that seeks to put a stop to what he considers a “crisis that is out of control“.
To accomplish this, Abbott established the first Texas State Border Security Force on Thursday, which will include several state agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, and the statewide prison system.
He also signed a section of the state budget recently approved by the state legislature that grants billion dollars for border security.
“They will go to jail”
The governor assured that he also intends to continue the construction of the border wall, indicating that he will give more information about it next week.
“We need to act now. In Texas those who cross the border they will not be greeted with a red carpet as before this (federal) Administration has done it, but they will go to jail, “Abbott said during the event.
The governor hopes that the news that they could be arrested and face charges will be a motivation for migrants to stop crossing the border.
“We don’t just want them to be arrested and released,” he emphasized.
Last week, Abbott declared a state of emergency due to the increase in the migratory flow and revoked state child care licenses to centers that house migrant minors who have crossed the border without their parents or legal guardian.
Showdown with Biden
He also announced on Thursday an alliance with the governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, to share resources and combat the migratory flow. Both Abbott and Ducey blame president joe biden of the increase in the migratory flow in recent months due to having suspended the immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
These measures announced by Texas lead the state to a direct confrontation with the Biden Administration.