Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is set to visit the southern border with former President Donald Trump. With this, he has promised to do what President Joe Biden’s administration “is refusing to do.”
This week, Abbott will tour the southern border along with Trump as he vows to continue building the border wall.
The encounter with the former president on Wednesday will likely see a lot of coverage. It comes following Abbott’s approval of bills that restrict the teaching of critical race theory in Texas, as well as one allowing people in the state to carry weapons without a license.
In terms of popularity among voters, the Texas governor seems to have been outshined earlier this year by Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis, another conservative, as the leader of the Republican Party’s resistance against the current administration.
However, in recent weeks, Abbott has risen in popularity, all while he prepares for a 2022 bid for his third term as Texas governor. It also comes with a potential 2024 GOP presidential bid that will likely happen.
Abbott Takes Steps to Beef Up Border Security Even Prior to Visit With Trump
“We’ve seen so many people coming across the border who are harming Texans and as governor I cannot allow my fellow Texans to being harmed or endangered,” Abbott said during an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
He also vowed that they will “arrest people and put them in jail for a long time so they will know they’re no longer going to be getting the Biden red carpet treatment.”
Earlier in June, the governor announced that they will take steps to limit the influx of illegal migrants crossing over to Texas. Some such steps include temporary fencing while the border wall’s construction continues.
Abbott also beefed up state police presence at border hotspots. There, authorities are arresting and jailing people who are trespassing.
“Texas is going to do what the Biden administration is refusing to do. Texas is going up step up and secure our border. We will be using every tool available to us under the law. And we will ensure that we build the wall, arrest people and make Texas safe, and send a message to Washington D.C. ‘stand up and do your job,’” the governor told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.