In September, over 269,000 people were caught crossing the southern border illegally, in a record high for a single month.
A record number of illegal immigrants crossed the U.S.–Mexico border in September, according to new data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
That's the highest number ever recorded in a single month.
Since President Joe Biden took office, CBP agents have arrested more than 7 million people crossing the border illegally between ports of entry.
The border crisis is increasingly becoming a political weight on President Biden, dragging down his approval ratings.
That figure has grown steadily from mid-July, when 61 percent of Americans said they think the president is doing a bad job on immigration and the border crisis.
Biden Blamed for Border CrisisRepublicans have blamed the president's policies for helping fuel the border crisis.
"Texas will use every tool and strategy at our disposal to respond to Biden’s border crisis–including building our own border wall," Mr. Abbott said in the post. "I added additional border wall funding to the agenda for Special Session #3 to continue our efforts to protect Texans–and Americans."
Mr. Abbott first promised to build a border wall in Texas in 2021, after President Biden took office and began dismantling some of the border security policies of former President Donald Trump.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has denied that President Biden’s policies are to blame for the influx of illegal immigrants and has accused Republicans of turning the border issue into a "political stunt."
In 2021, Mr. Abbott began Operation Lone Star, a multi-agency effort to help stem the flow of illegal border crossers into the United States.
Since the start of the operation, more than 479,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested, Mr. Abbott's office said in an Oct. 20 update.
"We are the first and only state in U.S. history to build our own border wall," Mr. Abbott wrote on X.
"Texas will hold the line in President Biden's absence."
“CBP will continue to remain vigilant, making operational adjustments as necessary and enforcing consequences under U.S. immigration law," he continued, adding that President Joe Biden's supplemental funding request includes money for "critically needed" additional resources to help with the border crisis.
President Biden on Oct. 20 called on Congress to approve another $105 billion in funding, with the bulk going to bolster U.S. support for Israel and Ukraine as they fight wars.
Roughly $13.6 billion has been earmarked for border protection, including money for hiring an additional 1,300 border patrol agents and 1,600 new asylum officers.