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WATCH: Gov. Abbott holds media briefing on border security; calls for enhanced DPS checkpoints

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EAGLE PASS, Texas -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a briefing to address updates on border security Wednesday.

Abbott stressed in the briefing that Texas would be stepping up the state's efforts on border security, which he says the Biden Administration is not doing enough to address.

The Governor said that Texas would be adding additional truck checkpoints while targeting trucks like the abandoned trailer found in San Antonio, from which at least 53 migrants died. The truck involved in the incident had passed through a border patrol checkpoint according to Abbott.

The National Guard will be taking additional action by deploying additional miles of fencing, concertina, and military-grade razor wires, especially in low-level areas. They will also be adding more boat teams where feasible along the river and a drone program to help detect illicit narcotics.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is creating two strike teams, each with twenty troopers.

Abbott blamed President Biden for the high number of migrant deaths similar to those that resulted from heat stroke inside the abandoned trailer in San Antonio. He cited reports of people in the past week who have lost their lives due to heat stroke.

"I urge the President to stop the loss of lives," Abbott said in the briefing. He said if President Biden acts and enforces the law, he will have a hand in preventing deaths.

Abbott said to adequately address the border crisis, President Biden must fully fund the Border Patrol and implement what it needs to secure the border. According to the governor, this includes more resources and better strategies within Border Patrol itself. Abbott said that currently, there are not enough funding or resources for Border Patrol to inspect every truck passing through the border.

"It's time for President Biden to reinstate the strategies that were put in place by President Trump that proved to be so effective," said Abbott. The governor said this includes building a border wall, keeping Title 42 and the Remain in Mexico policy, and enforcing criminal trespass arrests.

In April, Abbott ordered state police to inspect every commercial vehicle crossing the border. A week and a half later, he ordered DPS to cease the enhanced inspections after making what he called "historic security agreements" with governors from border states in northern Mexico.

Under the agreements, Texas would work with Mexican states to reduce human trafficking and drug smuggling.

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