The House and Senate have passed legislation to fund federal programs to help immigrants in need, including the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and funding for the Department of Homeland Security to provide border patrol agents with body cameras.
The Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said Monday that the legislation he unveiled last week “does not take away Americans rights and freedoms,” and that it provides “a pathway to citizenship for every Texan who has been in the country unlawfully.”
Abbott also noted that the border wall will be built “with American steel,” saying it will be funded by a tax on imports.
He said the bill does not take money away from the state or local governments that are already helping people across the border, and that “every Texan will be paid for their contributions to the state.”
It was unclear whether the bill will pass in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced last week that he will unveil a border wall plan next week, which he said will include funding for a wall and other measures that will be implemented “over a period of years.”
Democrats have also said they are open to funding a border fence, saying the bill has a lot of provisions that would require the government to pay for it.
The Senate will likely vote next week on the border fence package.