Texas Proposes New Military Installation Along Mexican Border Amid Ongoing Immigration Debate

US Soldiers (Credits: The Wall Street Journal)

Texas officials recently announced plans to construct a military base along the border with Mexico, a move that has escalated tensions between state and federal authorities. The decision comes amid a heated debate over immigration, which has become a focal point in the upcoming US presidential election.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott disclosed the initiative in Eagle Pass, where the 32-hectare facility is set to be built along the Rio Grande River. The base is expected to house around 300 military personnel starting in April, with future plans to accommodate up to 1,800 troops.

Governor Abbott, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, criticized the Biden administration for what he views as lenient border enforcement. He accused the administration of allowing an “invasion” of illegal migrants and failing to address criminal gangs operating on the Mexican side of the border.

US Soldiers Amid Border Immigrants (Credits: USA Today)

While border security is typically a federal responsibility, Texas has taken matters into its own hands. In January, the Texas National Guard was deployed to a municipal park in Eagle Pass overlooking the river.

Additionally, Governor Abbott ordered the installation of approximately 100 miles of barbed wire along the Rio Grande, a move that has been challenged by the Biden administration in court.

Despite a temporary setback from the US Supreme Court, which allowed the federal government to remove the barbed wire, Texas has continued its efforts, pending further legal proceedings.

Governor Abbott praised these measures for their effectiveness in reducing the influx of migrants from Mexico. The proposed military base aims to enhance Texas’ ability to address illegal immigration swiftly and decisively.

Furthermore, Texas passed legislation granting state forces the authority to arrest illegal immigrants at the border, a power typically held by federal agencies. A court ruling on the matter is expected before the law takes effect in March, highlighting the ongoing legal dispute over immigration enforcement.