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Abbott Attempts to Deter Migrants at Texan Border

By: Matthew Yang

Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott, will build a floating string of buoys to stop migrants from entering the U.S. through Texas’s border. The target completion date is July 7, 2023.

The barrier, which costs $1 million will be put in the middle of the Rio Grande. The barrier may discourage a large number of migrants from crossing the border so that the city of Eagle Pass does not need to deal with accommodating them.

The first part of the barrier is 1000 feet long and 4 feet wide. The Texan government plans to move and add to the buoy barrier once the initial section is built and deployed.

Roberto De Leon, the chief deputy sheriff in Maverick County, says no one should cross the Rio Grande because many migrants have drowned in the river.

“Anything that keeps us from finding a dead body on the side of the river, I’m for,” he said.

While there might be some ways to get over the barrier, it would be difficult and the string of buoys itself would serve as a deterrent to prevent illegal crossings.

The plan for the barrier is part of the $5.1 billion border security program approved by the Texas Legislature last month. Rodolfo Rosales, a state director with the Texas branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said that the plan is only an act of political messaging may not work effectively to stop migrants from entering the U.S.

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