This week, State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) filed House Bill 2862 to finish the border wall separating Texas and Mexico, a security project that began during President Trump’s administration. 

Though Trump completed 450 miles of new barriers along the southern border, one of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders ceased the wall’s construction, leaving segments still unfinished.

While serving as a U.S. senator, Biden voted in support of efforts to acquire private property through the Secure Fence Act of 2006, and while he served as vice president under President Barack Obama, the government continued building the wall and pursuing lawsuits against border landowners.

“President Trump fought to bring real border security and was opposed by Republicans and Democrats in Congress,” Slaton said. “While hundreds of miles of new wall were built under his leadership, the Biden administration has already ceased border wall construction. It is time for Texas to stand up and finish the work that President Trump started. Let’s finish building the border wall now.”

Slaton’s bill will not only complete the wall but also require the Texas governor to seek reimbursement from the federal government for its construction costs, as well as naming the barrier the “President Donald J. Trump Wall.”

Iris Poole

Iris Poole is a 2021 Texas Scorecard Fellow from Round Rock. She is freedom-loving and had an early interest in liberty and politics.