DALLAS – Voices are rising in opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott vowing Texas will construct a border wall.
Abbott introduced on Thursday the state would start building of a border wall, however didn’t give specifics on when or the place such a mission would happen.
A lot of the criticism on Friday was whether or not the state may even construct a wall and the political posturing by Abbott forward of a re-election bid in 2022 and a possible presidential run in 2024.
President Joe Biden stopped border wall building by government order his first day in workplace. However at his border summit Thursday in Del Rio, Abbott mentioned the constructing will start once more.
“The governor actually doesn’t have the authority to construct a border wall, within the sense that immigration is a federal accountability,” Mark Jones, Rice College political science professor.
“In principle if Governor Abbott needs to construct a giant wall someplace close to the U.S./Mexico border he can achieve this. However there will likely be problems with eminent area and taking land, funding that wall after which really establishing it. If it’s not a part of a broader immigration system that’s coordinated with the federal authorities, it’s prone to not be very efficient. Are you able to think about in the event you put a giant 20 mile wall in a single place, there’s holes round it, so individuals simply go round it. I believe actually that is far more political theater than anything.”
LULAC nationwide president Domingo Garcia says the Latino civil rights group already is contemplating courtroom challenges.
“It is absurd… it’s an abuse of authority,” Garcia mentioned. “We will battle it. We expect his actions are unlawful below federal regulation, the U.S. Structure and the Texas Structure.”
The border and the surge is among the most vital subjects to Abbott’s conservative base.
“That is as a lot about him presenting a stern face to the border and border points,” mentioned Cal Jillson, SMU political science professor.
Jillson says this powerful stand just isn’t solely to appease Republican voters, but in addition a pre-emptive assault towards challengers from his personal occasion. Former State Senator Don Huffines from Dallas already declared he’s working for governor towards Abbott and has talked about border safety.
“Governor Abbott has his eyes on the border right now, however what the border will symbolize in his reelection towards Mr. Huffines and even perhaps in 2024 ought to he run for president,” Jillson mentioned.
Abbott has mentioned he’ll ship particulars about his border wall construct out subsequent week.