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Texas has taken measures to place razor wire along its border with New Mexico under Governor Greg Abbott’s direction, intending to mitigate the influx of migrants.
Governor Abbott stated on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, that migrants are entering Texas by first crossing into New Mexico due to barriers near El Paso. He expressed, “Our barriers around El Paso forced the migrants crossing illegally to enter into New Mexico. They then entered into El Paso from there. To end that, we are building a barrier on the New Mexico border.”
Abbott had previously hinted at such a border barrier in a Manhattan Institute event, pointing out the predominant route of undocumented migrants via New Mexico to the El Paso region of Texas.
In light of these actions, US Rep. Gabe Vasquez of New Mexico has called for enhanced dialogue and cooperation between the states, noting, “I don’t think putting concertina wire in the Texas section of the Rio Grande and New Mexico is really going to solve anything.”
Speaking for New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Caroline Sweeney urged Governor Abbott to redirect his focus from “political spectacles” to serving the Texan population.