Texas Land Commissioner and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, George P. Bush, has announced that the building of a permanent wall along the border will commence in the state in just a few days.
The announcement was made on NewsNation’s “The Donlon Report.”
“We will begin constructing a permanent wall in the state of Texas shortly. We will be breaking ground in a matter of days,” Bush said during his appearance. “In the coming days, we’ll make an announcement in Starr County, which is in the Rio Grande Valley, where roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigrant apprehensions in our country occur.”
Newsweek reported that Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has long made a major push for the wall’s construction by starting a private donation campaign that has since raised over $54 million.
The Texas General Land Office [GLO] and Texas Department of Public Safety have signed a lease agreement authorizing construction of a border wall in part of the Rio Grande Valley.
The agreement authorizes “construction of border wall along a GLO-owned farm tract in Starr County,” The Monitor reporter Valerie Gonzalez tweeted last month.
Earlier in the year, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered “Operation Lone Star,” which has helped catch and arrest thousands of migrants on criminal charges, attempting to make the state safer while reducing the massive flood of illegal immigrants into the country.
He also ordered the National Guard to help backup local law enforcement with arresting migrants who violate laws during the border crisis.
“[Operation Lone Star] allows us to apprehend, detain, understand the folks in the risk profile the folks that are coming across, and then to be able to jail them,” Bush remarked. “So it’s a catch-and-jail policy rather than catch-and-release.”
The former president’s grandson is currently campaigning for Texas attorney general.