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Trump to tour Texas border wall with Abbott at end of June

AUSTIN, Texas -- Former president Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he “accepted the invitation” to tour Texas’ southern border with Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30.

“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” Trump said in a statement.

Building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border was a key promise throughout Trump’s presidency, but he never fully delivered. His promise that Mexico would pay for the wall was unfulfilled, and the 450 miles of barrier he did build were mostly in Arizona and far less was completed in the Rio Grande Valley where border crossings are more prevalent, according to The Washington Post.

Abbott announced last Thursday that Texas would take the matter into its own hands and build its own border wall to stem the flow of migrants from Mexico. In a podcast interview Tuesday, he elaborated that the wall will be at least partially crowdfunded, and the state will solicit donations from across the country.

The announcement immediately sparked denunciations from those who said that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility, not a state job, and questioned the constitutionality of Abbott’s intentions.

Abbott also announced plans to increase local jail capacity along the border, and increase arrests by having state troopers arrest migrants on state charges. Abbott scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon, where he said he’ll provide more details about the plan.

Abbott has sharply criticized the Biden administration for its immigration policies in the past few months, calling the border a crisis and accusing the president of “helping the cartels make more money.” The policies include pausing border wall construction and ordering a review of the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy that requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their hearings in U.S. immigration courts.

At the end of May, he deployed more than 1,000 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and National Guard members to the border as part of Operation Lone Star, an initiative aimed at increasing border security that he announced in March.

Earlier this month, Trump endorsed Abbott for his reelection, giving him an early stamp of approval as he confronts a possibly competitive primary.

Former state Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas has already announced his challenge to Abbott. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller also has been considering a run, and Texas GOP Chair Allen West recently announced he would be resigning from his position to seek a statewide seat.

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    1. TDS? LOL TRUMP? HE IS HISTORY AND TUCKED AWAY. LOL.LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT. A LOSER TO HARRIS/BIDEN. LOOOOOSER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. According to fake news WaPo? 131 miles of border wall was put up or rebuilt in the El Paso Sector alone. Obviously that is not in Arizona.

      1. Call it Trump Mass Psychosis! The Orange Blob has done a J-O-B on these poor gullible. Trump cult has nothing on Jim Jones and his cult. Hope Trump doesn’t take them all to South America to a Commune where everything is Great in Trumpland. We all now how that idea ended.

          1. The Pink Panther tries his hand at Stand Up comedy! Stick to playing Bingo in your spare time.

  2. The Don The Con and Gregg A Butt Comedy Tour coming to border city near you. Trumptards everywhere start your RV engines and dust off your maga hats because Daddy Trump aka the Orange Blob requests your kiss ass presence! Hey…wait a minute! I thought Mexico was supposed to pay for a wall, any wall? No? Well…I thought Don The Con was supposed to have built a “big beautiful wall.” He had 4 years but built only, wait for it…46 miles of newly built wall. The rest of the barrier was patched up…mostly in Arizona, not in Texas where all the “Rapists, Killers, and Cartels” were supposedly busting through. At from 26 million to 56 million per section of wall, how in Hades was the average Tax payer to pay for it. Maybe they can get the guys who built the Sunland Park to do it on the cheap. Only one problem…Bannon and Co. stole most of the money they got in contributions from Trumptards. No wonder so little cash was spent on the actual “wall.”

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