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Abbott tells ‘Border Security Summit’ he will build a Texas wall

DEL RIO, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday afternoon held what he billed as a "Border Security Summit" with a group of Texas sheriffs, police chiefs, county judges and mayors.

At the event, Abbott said he would soon unveil plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall in Texas, although he did not provide details on the cost or location. He also reiterated that state troopers will start jailing people crossing the border illegally on trespassing charges.

"I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas," Abbott told the gathering, as he also blasted federal lawmakers for inaction on immigration issues.

“The border crisis is no laughing matter,” Abbott added. "It's not a tourism site for members of Congress to visit and then return to D.C. and do nothing. Change is needed to fix the border crisis."

The governor said he held the summit to allow local leaders to hear from state officials on action being taken by the state of Texas to "secure the southern border and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis."

However, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told ABC-7 he was not personally invited to the event. El Paso is home to the busiest ports of entry in the state of Texas.

"When I heard about the summit, personally I wasn't invited through my email," Samaniego said. "But right now we did a search and it looks like there was an email that went in to the general box, but it wasn't directed to me."

Samaniego reacted to the governor's proposals by questioning whether Abbott really has a sense of the border situation in El Paso, which is some "600 miles away" from the state capitol. The judge also pointed out that conditions in El Paso are different than those in Del Rio, where the border summit was held.

Abbott told those who attended the summit that his effort to jail migrants would require the cooperation of local mayors, law enforcement, prosecutors and judges and that arresting more people will require more jail space, something he says he plans to work on with county officials to achieve.

The governor said he would be naming a task force on homeland security consisting of representatives of multiple state agencies who would meet every couple of weeks with county officials in border communities.

Abbott told the summit crowd that he would issue a new disaster declaration next week to create an enhanced security plan, noting that he had approved a billion dollar allocation in the state budget for border security.

Abbott also spoke of the prior disaster declaration he had issued last week, which directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to take “all necessary steps” to discontinue the state licensure of “any child care facility that shelters or detains unlawful immigrants” under a contract with the federal government.

The Biden administration has threatened to take legal action against the state of Texas if Abbott doesn't rescind that order. The deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently sent a letter to Abbott, warning the governor not to interfere with federal immigration operations.

You can watch Abbott's entire border summit remarks in the video player below.

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  1. State governments have no jurisdiction in matters related to immigration or the international border. Abbott is again tilting at windmills. Trumpite thinking is getting to him and causing him to be as mentally unstable as his white trash idol Trump.

    1. He is protecting Texans from an invasion. Someone needs to because the inept moron in the White House isn’t capable of leading this country and protecting its citizens.

  2. Trump kiss ass Greg “Hot Wheels” Abbot ain’t building shit! If The former orange guy couldn’t do it, what makes him think that he can. Abbot just giving Lip Service to all the White Supremacist numbnuts haters like the ones trolling this site. Never happen Bubba!! But….all the Trump zombies believe anything their Trumpican leaders say! Abbot is just a second rate politician trying to impress the Retrumpican Mongrels licking their lips for raw, rotten, Racist meat.

    1. Fake news nitwit. Under Trump 450 miles of new or replacement border wall and barriers. 131 miles in the El Paso sector alone. This was with the Demoturds fighting him all the way. Get off your fat libturd ass and look.

      1. Hey dummy. Most of the wall, if you call it a wall, has been there for ever and has not been of any use. It serves no purpose except to be used as a political prop by anal retentive Republican assholes. So stop your Retarded dribble. So Biden will never be your president because you don’t deserve him. You deserve that other guy who cares about nothing except his delusional self. By the way that other asswipe, Abbot, was stopped cold by my Robocall app a few minutes ago when he tried to get me to listen to his Bullshit on a spam call. Way to go Robocall!!!

  3. Ditto what CharlieEbdu said! Give em hell Charlie. These morons are Trump dick suckers and don’t have an ounce of common sense among them all.

      1. Facts matter, Lady Gaga! Make a name for yourself and present the facts to the proper authorities. I’m sure your discovery of sex crimes committed by the President will earn you a Pulitzer Prize and Reporter of the Century. Hell, Trump will make you his CEO and later his running mate if he is not in prison in 2024!

          1. Not according to the Manhattan DA and the NY AG! Trump’s time is still to come. And it won’t be pretty!!

          2. I was referring to Charlie Turner. He’s the ex con. Trump is innocent of any wrong doing.

  4. You are some Corny hillbilly! Go back to Mississippi and work on your illegal moonshine Still so you can give your profits to Daddy trump!

    1. Bidumb in UK:

      “It’s gorgeous here. I don’t want to go home.”

      What a insult to your beautiful home country.

      This is what your idiot President thinks of our country.

  5. Hey Abbot! Don’t ever call me again on your Spam bullshit machine. Good thing one of your minions didn’t call live, otherwise I would have hurt his Retrumpican feelings.

    1. Delusional much? Abbott wouldn’t give you the the time of the day. You’re too stupid and rabid to talk to. Go back to your basement.

  6. YA BABY! DO IT!
    BUILD THE WALL, and BUILD IT TALL.
    BUTY IT DEEP and BUILD IT STEEP.
    .
    BUILD THE WALL, DEPORT THEM ALL!
    Start with Alberto, Super-Mex. Lol.

  7. Fuck your Wall!! Look where that wall talk got Trump. Out the door of the White House and the door hit him on his fat ass on the way out! You Retrumpican Numbnuts are always coming up with stupid ideas every day. Just ask Texas Rep Gohmert Pyle, he suggested changing the Moon’s Orbit to fight Climate change. Dadddadeehaaaa, that’s all folks! Hey Bugs bunny! Come take all the Looney Tunes Retrumpicans with you when you go back into your Rabbit hole!

    1. Seriously Alberto you need help for that extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome. Also attend anger management. What a sicko! BTW – You do know denmentia Joe is a lame duck President at this time. The Demoturds lost seats in the House and the 50/50 split in the Senate doesn’t help you Demoturds either. In 2022 the Republicans will regain the House and then start impeachment proceedings against Joe or Harris whichever one is the POTUS.

      1. You are ridiculously Funny, Nitwit! You are just like the rest of the Ignorant Trump retards that believe their Fat Orange Savior and his Eunuchs in Congress will win in the end! NOT!!! Your Teenage Moronic love for the Fat Orange one is Tragic!!

        1. It’s not a matter of when the Republicans take back Congress it’s just a matter of by how much. Say after me. “Biden is a lame duck President”. LMAO.

  8. …oh, and don’t forget to drink a Bleach Cocktail after you get your Covid shot. When you’re done with that, stick a UV light up your butt to finish the job. Do it or The Fat Orange other guy will be pissed at you!

    1. What a nitwit. If you drink from the city water supply you do that every day nitwit. It’s chlorinated. Plus hydroxy actually works. Trump was right. Oh don’t forget to GFY!

      1. Hey Nitwit king! You go ahead and drink chlorinated water till you’ve had enough. It’s a Brita water filter for me that removes all the harmful Metals like Lead, Copper, and Mercury and Chemicals like Chlorine!! No wonder you’re so Retarded. Drink up Nitwit!! Trump says so!

        1. Hey nitwit I’ve been drinking from the tap it since last March 2020. So far no covid19. Also my swimming pool is chlorinated. Let’s see if your Brita filter can take care of that. Effing moron!

          1. Dear Nitwit granpappy. Please don’t drink tap water. As much as I dislike your Nitwit political beliefs, I don’t wish bladder, or liver cancer on you from drinking El Paso water straight from the pipes.

          2. So says that quack Dr. Alberto Velarde. LMAO. Unlike you I’m in good health. I guess you suffered from lead poisoning early on in life. It figures.

  9. Wait….the Nitwit uses Hydroxy??? Do you use hydroxy cream for the acne scars on your old Butt? Bugs Bunny, please come get this old fool before he hurts himself with an overdose of Hydroxy.

    1. “Hydroxychloroquine” nitwit. Shows how ignorant you are. I don’t need to use it since I am covid free. So let’s see so you have acne scars on your fat ass? Thanks for the revelation moron.

  10. So…you didn’t get your Covid shot and instead are drinking Hydroxychloroquine?? Hydroxchloroquine was used in Covid patients who were just about to croak from Covid, I know that. It helped some people but is no miracle drug like your Fat Orange boyfriend said it could be. Stick to the facts presented to you by Science and not by some Failed Tyrant.

    1. Facts and science fiction by your quack Dr. Fauci? Good laugh. I never said I was taking hydroxy. I don’t need it. I completed my jab series back in March nitwit. Plus you can still get the covid19 after being vaccinated. Just ask Bill Maher. LMAO.

    2. The facts are that hydroxychloriquin is effective during EARLY onset of COVID. Most if those who didn’t respond positively were given it too late. The media and the Democrats are complicit in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

      1. Oh, look! Who woke Lady Maga from her afternoon nap. Anytime she sees the name Trump, she drops everything to defend the Loser Other Guy. Trump is right…no matter what, she says . The liberal media, the Communists, Antifa, BLM, the Jewish Lasers, etc,…are all to blame she says! Go back to sleep where all your Trump dreams always come true. Nighty Night granny. Sweet Trump dreams!

          1. No. Trump is in your head 24/7 just like your buddy Alberto. I have no pity for you sicko. Now GFY!

  11. Dear Nitwit. What do you have against Quacks? Do you actually know who the biggest quack of all is…wait for it……Trump. I Won, I Won, the Orange Glow is sitting in his Bedminster Golf Club cafeteria mumbling to himself over and over again. PITIFUL!

      1. So…now you’re a Marjorie Taylor Green spokesperson?? Democrats don’t have time to cook up conspiracy theories. Too busy running the People’s government. Something the government, or, tyranny, under the Big Mouth Orange Trump never did in 4 years. Stick to QAnon and its bunch of blind, Hillbilly, Racist, ignorant hordes who believe anything coming from the Big Trump Mouth!!

        1. Good laugh. 4 years of Russian collusion and two unsuccessful impeachment attempts? Forgetting so soon. You are truly a nitwit. Your President dementia Joe effed up this country in his first 100 days. The current illegal immigration situation is all his fault. Further he destabilized the Middle East and now bating Russia into going to war with us.

          1. Whatever you say lady. First, many of the “theories” that you leftist lowlife sheep call “conspiracies are been proven accurate. Second, democrats don’t HAVE to because the democrats can make up whatever lie they want and CNN and the other socialist news outlets will run the stories as facts. Then uniformed, uneducated people like you believe it as true.

          2. Don’t forget a 5% inflation rate. Biden owns that disaster as well.

          3. Quick, grandpa Nitwit!! Grab your Musket and Lead balls to defend yourself from the Red Scourge!! Get out on the street and warn your neighbors. THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!! That way some guys in neat white uniforms and butterfly nets can catch you and send you to a nice quiet place where you can watch Nature movies all day and have all the Ice Cream you want every Sunday.

        2. MTG would kick your sorry ass. Even AOC was afraid of her. Don’t eff with Boebert either because she will probably shoot your sorry ass.

          1. Now, now, Nitwit! You are way too old and decrepit to talk of gun violence. Just settle down and take your Geritol you’ll feel better in the morning. Tell you what, that cross-eyed bitch, MTG, is no match for me. I’ll fight her with one hand behind my back. I’ll fight her with my eyes closed. Come on, put em up, put em up!

          2. Look in the mirror Alberto. You’re the old fart geriatric. You were born in 1956. Forget? I see you got beat up by white kids as far back as kindergarten. Loser!

  12. Poor brainwashed fools!! Ten years from now you’ll sit back in your rocking chair and have a good laugh thinking of how you fell for all the Numbskull things Trump and Company made you believe in. So sad!!!!

    1. TDS killing you? LMAO. Trump is no longer President. The issue is your buddy dementia Joe effing up this country. Repeat after me. “Biden is a lame duck President.” It is so nice being on the giving end versus the receiving end. BTW – Biden got lost at the summit. Even Putin laughed.

      1. Good morning Nitwit! Recieving end versus Giving end?? That sounds so Gay. That’s OK Nitwit. It’s 2021 and being Gay is not a problem. So let your Gay Flag fly!!

        1. Come on man we all know you are that gay moron Alberto. Proud member of the LGBTQ alphabet. I never mentioned anything about gays but you did. Projecting? You’re such a stupid nitwit. Repeat after me. “Trump was not my President.”

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