(NewsNation Now) — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush mentioned development on a everlasting, state-funded border wall will start “in a matter of days.”
He made the announcement Thursday on NewsNation’s “The Donlon Report.”
“Within the coming days, we’ll make an announcement in Starr County, which is within the Rio Grande Valley, the place roughly 40% of all unlawful immigrant apprehensions in our nation happen,” Bush mentioned.
Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. He’s additionally a candidate in a crowded state lawyer common race. He has damaged together with his household and supported former President Donald Trump, who has indicated he might endorse him.
Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March. It makes use of the Texas Division of Public Security and the Texas Nationwide Guard to stop migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
“[Operation Lone Star] permits us to apprehend detain, perceive the parents within the danger profile the parents which might be coming throughout, after which to have the ability to jail them,” mentioned Bush. “So it’s a catch-and-jail coverage quite than catch-and-release.”
Ten civil rights organizations have filed a joint discrimination criticism asking the Division of Justice to research the operation.
“They’ve created a nefarious state enforcement system to punish brown and black immigrants,” Laura Peña, authorized director of the Racial and Financial Justice Program on the Texas Civil Rights Challenge, instructed BorderReport. “There’s actual human struggling … in addition to penalties to the border communities which might be required to implement it.”
Bush believes this system is “a clear-cut felony trespassing statute program — no less than by way of arresting people.”
Personal donations for a Texas border wall grew to $54 million as of October, and Gov. Greg Abbott just lately signed a $1.8 billion invoice allocating further state funding to frame safety initiatives.
NewsNation affiliate Border Report contributed to this report.