Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has pledged to start building "border barriers" along the US-Mexico border after the ongoing migrant crisis.
On Thursday night, Abbott made the announcement that the Texan government will be building a wall along the state's southern border with Mexico.
During the "Border Security Summit" in Del Rio, the Republican governor explained that there was a plan to help tackle the border crisis in the south of the state which he would elaborate on further in the weeks following.
He then spoke to Fox News, telling them that they "have to build a border [wall]."
"We have to build a border [wall]. I've been down here talking to the people in the Rio Grande Valley and the way they are being overrun is reprehensible," he told the outlet.
"It's disastrous what the Biden administration has done."
He also stated that anyone found to be illegally entering the state will be facing jail time.
"The ability to arrest will be enhanced by building border barriers. Some of these border barriers will be built immediately, and whenever anybody tries to modify, attempt, or get through any of these border barriers, that in itself is a crime for which they can be arrested," Abbott said.
He then explained that Donald Trump "had adequately secured our border."
"He had the 'Remain in Mexico' policy and began building the border wall and now suddenly all of that disappeared and... has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people coming across the border," Abbott continued.
"But it's not just unaccompanied minors, it's people who are causing great damage and harm to the residents right here in Del Rio as well as up and down the entire border," citing gangs and cartels, human traffickers, and dr*gs as the cause of all the danger.
The news comes after Biden suspended construction for Trump's wall in his first month as president.
The Biden administration's looser views on immigration has reportedly seen a large influx of migrants illegally crossing the border into the States. According to Foreign Affairs, in the month of March alone, "U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered 172,000 unauthorized migrants, primarily from Central America and Mexico," which is an increase of seventy percent from the month prior.
Political figures as well as other government leaders have called it a "crisis."
Biden was forced to address the situation, telling migrants not to come to America.
"I can say quite clearly: Don't come," Biden told ABC in an interview. "We're in the process of getting set up, don't leave your town or city or community."
And just this week, Vice President Kamala Harris also doubled down on the concern during a 2-day trip to Guatemala and Mexico, telling migrants: "Do not come."
She later added that the administration will be addressing "the root causes" of the border problems.