The South Texans’ Property Rights Association wholeheartedly supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s criticism of the Biden Administration’s failed executive and administrative actions and inactions that have only exacerbated the crisis of illegal immigration and trespassing in our southern border region. 

The federal government’s failure to fulfill its Constitutional mandate to establish and maintain our sovereign border with a foreign country has necessitated Gov. Abbott’s efforts to honor his constitutional duty of protecting the safety and security of the people of the State of Texas.

While some of the Governor’s proposals need to be vetted and fleshed out in consideration of possible consequences for South Texas stakeholders, the most important aspect of his initiative is that he realizes, unlike those in Washington D.C., that massive efforts are needed to address the untenable situation that Texas landowners are now experiencing on their properties in these United States of America.

We commend him for taking the time to meet with the South Texas stakeholders individually: local law enforcement, elected officials, and landowners, business owners, and the public at-large, at his recent border summit in Del Rio where he explained his executive actions and additional proposals and listened to their ideas, concerns, and comments.

STPRA also commends Gov. Abbott for his support of a recently passed state law that will enhance local prosecutors’ abilities to prosecute human traffickers when they engage in reckless and dangerous behaviors. We are heartened and encouraged that Gov. Abbott is working with some notable leaders in both political parties in South Texas that are now coming together to discuss remedies to a crisis they all agree is intolerable and unsustainable.

We are committed to working with Governor Abbott to help him make his border initiative successful.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Whit Jones (pictured above), board chair for South Texans’ Property Rights Association. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author. Whit can be reached by email via: [email protected]

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