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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is internet hosting former President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Texas-Mexico border, the place Abbott is utilizing an unprecedented May 31 border “disaster” declaration to spend state funds on a border wall he has pledged to construct. Abbott amended his order on Monday, giving the 34 border counties an opportunity to decide out of his emergency declaration and different counties an opportunity to hitch — 11 counties dropped out, and 5 new counties joined, a few of them 300 miles or more away from the border.
Galveston County County Judge Mark Henry (R) mentioned Tuesday that he has signed a neighborhood catastrophe declaration in response to the “ongoing border crisis.” Galveston County is 400 miles from the nearest border city, Brownsville, and nearer to New Orleans than Mexico. Henry’s govt order establishes a activity power to coordinate with state police on the finest manner native legislation enforcement can assist at the border. It additionally devoted as much as $6.6 million in federal funds — or 10 p.c of the cash earmarked for the county from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan — for Abbott’s wall development, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Abbott has mentioned he plans to crowdsource funding for his wall, after a $250 million down payment of taxpayer money, and his workplace mentioned it raised $459,000 in non-public donations in the first week. “As Abbott tries to raise money so the state can pick up building the border wall, Texas Democrats are trying to keep him from tapping into more than $15 billion in COVID relief funding the federal government is sending to Texas,” the Chronicle reports. “Henry’s local state of disaster declaration will remain in place for no more than seven days without authorization by the county commissioners court.”
Abbott’s wall scheme is not the solely artistic public-non-public partnership tied to his border machinations. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) workplace said Tuesday that Tennessee billionaire and GOP mega-donor Willis Johnson is bankrolling her deployment of 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Abbott and Noem are each thought-about potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates.
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