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Gov. Greg Abbott: Texas will build border wall amid 'unprecedented crisis'

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that Texas will build a border wall, although he did not provide details on the cost or location — or how Texas would pay for it.

"I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas," said Abbott, who spoke after meeting with local and state officials in Del Rio about border security.

Abbott held the meeting amid his ongoing dispute with the Biden administration over a recent surge in border crossings. Administration officials on Monday threatened to sue Texas over Abbott's plan to force state-licensed shelters contracted with the federal government to stop housing migrant children.

The governor has placed a heightened focus on the border in recent months, declaring a disaster in counties along the border because of record numbers of encounters with migrants.

One of Biden's first acts as president was to end construction of former President Donald Trump's border wall, instead vowing to increase technology at ports of entry and create more humane border policies.

 

Abbott has blamed Biden's approach for an uptick in arrivals at the border, launching in March "Operation Lone Star," which he said would address border issues. The initiative involves sending air, ground, marine and tactical units to “high threat areas,” according to Abbott’s office.

—Austin American-Statesman

Robert Durst hospitalized, judge says, forcing another stay in long-delayed murder trial

LOS ANGELES — Robert Durst, a multimillionaire real estate heir and defendant in a labyrinthine, closely watched murder trial,was hospitalized Thursday morning for an unspecified health issue, forcing another setback in the long-delayed proceeding.

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