Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in a recent discussion with the state’s Republican county chairs, stood firm on his decision to implement floating barriers along the Rio Grande River.

During a Georgetown, Texas, speech, Abbott addressed his response to the continuing surge of illegal aliens entering his state from Mexico, according to a Fox News report.

“I will do whatever I have to do to defend our state from the invasion of the Mexican drug cartels and others who have tried to come into our country illegally, and I will protect our sovereignty,” the Texan declared.

His latest effort to deflect the invasion of illegals involved installing a floating border wall in the Rio Grande.

“It’s called operation hold the line,” Abbott said. “They are holding the line and ensuring that nobody enters the state of Texas illegally.”

The U.S. Department of Justice notified Abbott it intends to file suit over the floating barrier wall he erected in the Rio Grande River to keep migrants from crossing the border illegally.

“The State of Texas’s actions violate federal law, raise humanitarian concerns, present serious risks to public safety and the environment, and may interfere with the federal government’s ability to carry out its official duties,” DOJ lawyers told Abbott in correspondence last week.

The letter, which USA Today obtained a copy of, set a Monday deadline for Texas officials to commit to removing the floating border. The letter warns the Justice Department will pursue legal action if no response is received.

“Texas has the sovereign authority to defend our border, under the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution,” responded the combative governor in a July 21 Twitter post.

“We have sent the Biden Administration numerous letters detailing our authority, including the one I hand-delivered to President Biden earlier this year.”

The tragic humanitarian crisis on the border was created because of President Joe Biden’s refusal to secure the border, Abbott claimed.

“His open border policies encourage migrants to risk their lives crossing illegally through the Rio Grande, instead of safely and legally over a bridge,” he said in a follow-up thread to his tweet.


The Rio Grande border barrier, spanning 1,000 feet, impedes just a fraction of the mighty river between the U.S. and Mexico. Its design is to discourage large groups of illegals from crossing near Eagle Pass.

It forms a part of the Texas governor’s broader strategy to address the border crisis until federal authorities take appropriate action.

Texas has also been actively transporting migrants to sanctuary cities across the country, such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams called Abbott names and begged for federal funds to help handle 90,000 illegals that arrived in his sanctuary city. He eventually began bussing new illegals to Republican cities on Long Island and upstate.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, asked his attorney general to decide if the state could criminally charge Abbott with kidnapping or other serious felony offenses.

Outside the governor’s mansion in Austin, protesters have gathered in opposition to the floating border wall.

These demonstrations represent a fraction of the wider public sentiment about this contentious issue, with critics arguing the wall may worsen dangers for those attempting to cross.

Mexico and U.S. lawmakers have called for the removal of the floating barriers, voicing concerns over potential treaty violations and the risk to migrants.

“I challenge the federal government to show that they have spent that much money in the state of Texas on the border under Joe Biden as president,” Abbott said Friday.

“He gave me a lawsuit, and by God, Joe Biden, we will see you in court,” he exclaimed.

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