Texas governor says state will provide $250 million ‘downpayment’ for border wall

Top Texas officials penned a letter on Wednesday authorizing the transfer of $250 million as a “down payment” for the state’s border wall with Mexico.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week announced plans to build a wall on the southern border to help stem the influx of migrants entering the U.S., declaring “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows.”

The governor on Tuesday said he plans to solicit public donations to fund the construction of the wall.

On Wednesday, however, he and other top Texas officials penned a letter to Bryan Collier, the executive director of Texas’ Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), asking the agency to transfer $250 million in general revenue to a disaster fund in an effort to “ensure sufficient funding for Texas’ ongoing response to this crisis.”

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