Texas will provide authorities in a Mexican border state with barbed wire and training on how to deploy it to increase security at the U.S.-Mexico border, Texas officials told Fox News on Saturday.
The unprecedented agreement between Texas and the Mexican state of Coahuila – which is located across Eagle Pass – will involve Texas providing Mexican authorities with wire (accordion/razor wire) and training on its deployment near the border.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said that in the next few days Mexican officials will come to Eagle Pass and be trained by the Texas military, take possession of the wire and return it to Mexico.
Texas officials say this is the first time in history that such an agreement has been reached and that it will bring together Mexican and US authorities on the subject of border enforcement. The development was first reported by journalist Ali Bradley.
Texas has taken a number of unique steps to stem the wave of migration it has encountered at its border. There were over 221,000 migrant encounters in March alone across the border and this follows a number of historic months of migrant encounters.
Those numbers are expected to rise if the Biden administration lifts Title 42 — a Trump-era public health order that was used to deport a majority of migrants at the border. The administration announced it would lift Title 42 on May 23, but a number of states, including Texas, have filed lawsuits to prevent that from happening.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed migrants to Washington DC and also stepped up border inspections as part of an effort to get Mexican and US federal authorities to do more to address the migration crisis in Classes. Last year, Texas officials put up a wall of vehicles to keep migrants out of the state.
Abbott last week said his state was considering challenging a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that required public schools to teach the children of illegal immigrants.
“I think we’re going to resuscitate this case and challenge this issue again because the expense is extraordinary and the times are different than the Plyler v. Doe case decades ago,” the governor said.