Texas GOP House Rep. BRYAN SLAYTON introduces HB 2862 TO FINISH Trump BORDER WALL in Texas
State House Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Canton) filed legislation on Thursday to direct the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) TO FINISH Pres. Trump’s BORDER WALL PROJECT USING STATE FUNDS.
The state representative contended Biden SHOULD NOT STOP TEXANS from finishing what the last administration started. “President Trump fought to bring real border security and was opposed… IT IS TIME FOR TEXAS TO STAND UP AND FINISH THE WORK that President Trump started.
In fact, the BILL WOULD EVEN NAME the state’s part of THE SECURITY BARRIER AFTER Trump, Let’s finish building the border wall now,” he added.
The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, said to the public at an event in August, 2020 that there was funding for 733 miles.
TX State Rep. Slaton filed his bill the same day Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement condemning the Biden administration for “assimilating” illegal immigrants who test positive for COVID-19.
“The unconscionable act by the Biden Administration of releasing COVID-positive illegal immigrants in our states puts the lives of Texans and Americans at risk. Border security is strictly a federal responsibility. The federal government alone has the responsibility to test, screen and quarantine illegal immigrants crossing our border who may have COVID,” Abbott said.
The governor continued, “Instead of doing their job, the Biden Administration suggested it did not have the sufficient resources and, remarkably, asked Texas to assist them in aiding their illegal immigration program. Texas refused. We will not aid a program that makes our country a magnet for illegal immigration.”
A South Texas Democrat echoed some of the governor’s concerns in a statement in a social media post.
“Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of a pandemic,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) tweeted. “I urge the Biden administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with this influx. Inaction is not an option.”
Slaton’s bill is awaiting referral to a committee.