Texas state officials have confirmed that the Lone Star state will provide Mexican officials with razor wire and training on using it to bolster border security along the Rio Grande area.
Texas is entering the agreement with the Mexican state of Coahuila. The deal with the state located across the river from Eagle Pass will include a type of containment wire known as “c-wire,” which is a combination of concertina and razor wire.
Mexican officials will travel to Eagle Pass shortly in order to be trained in the use of the wire by the Texas Military. The Texas Department of Public Safety will deliver the wire there as well so that the Coahuila officials can return with it to Mexico.
Journalist Ali Bradley was the first to report on the agreement that creates a joint effort for the first time between individual states in the U.S. and Mexico to enhance border security.
Since the beginning of the Biden administration and the implementation of its open border policies, Texas has developed several new approaches designed to stem the surge of illegal immigration at its border with Mexico. The entire U.S. southern border saw more than 221,000 illegal immigrant encounters in March, a trend that has been steadily increasing in recent months.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused migrants to Washington, D.C., and has implemented increased border inspections as part of his efforts to bring greater attention to the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis at the border.
Abbott has also said that the state is considering a legal challenge of a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1982 that requires American public school districts to provide free public education to illegal immigrant school children.
As the Biden administration appears committed to its plan to end Title 42 border enforcement on May 23, Texas is preparing for an even greater surge of illegal migrants. Title 42 is a public health order put in place during the Trump administration to facilitate immediate deportations at the border. Texas is one of several states that have sued the federal government in an effort to keep the order in place.