HOUSTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced providing 250 million U.S. dollars in state funds as initial payment for the state to build its border barrier with Mexico.
During a press conference in the state capital of Austin, Abbott said: "Texas will build a border wall in our state to help secure our border."
Also on Wednesday, Abbott directed the Texas Facilities Commission to hire a program manager for the construction, but he did not give details about how long the wall would be or where it would be built.
"My belief based upon conversations that I've already had is that the combination of state land, as well as volunteer land, will yield hundreds of miles to build a border wall in Texas," he said.
According to local media report, Abbott hinted last week that he would create a border barrier to stem the flow of immigrants and illegal drugs into the state, but he did not give details on where the barrier would be built or how it would be funded.
Earlier this week, Abbott told "Ruthless," a podcast about Republican politics, that the state would solicit donations from across the country to help pay for the wall.