|Earlier this year, I visited the Del Rio Sector of the Texas border, an area that boasts the second-highest number of illegal crossings in the United States. There isn’t just a crisis going on at the border between Mexico and Texas, but a humanitarian tragedy of epic proportions.
As staggering as the costs of this immigration crisis are in taxpayer dollars, they are surpassed by those to human dignity and human life. Believe it or not, the emboldened cartels are literally advertising on television, coercing individuals to hand over thousands of dollars – sometimes every cent they have – in exchange for a trip to America. As a mother and grandmother, I find this assault on women and children unconscionable and the political policies of the Biden Administration that continue to incentivize it nothing short of abusive.
Today, Governor Abbott released his initiative to secure the Texas border and build the border wall that President Trump initiated. I am supportive of Governor Abbott’s initiative and the efforts the Texas Legislature made this session to provide the necessary funding to secure the Texas border from the cartels that are harming people through drug smuggling, human trafficking, property crimes, extortion, and violence.
To learn more about Governor Abbott’s border security initiative, go to borderwall.texas.gov.