Abbott’s visit focuses on the economy of the El Paso . region

Abbott’s visit focuses on the economy of the El Paso . region

Texas Governor Greg Abbott stopped in El Paso Thursday afternoon to meet with business leaders to discuss the region’s and state’s economic successes.

After the closed-door roundtable with local business leaders, the Republican governor spoke to the media about the growing diversity of the state’s economy beyond oil and gas, including becoming a national leader in finance, healthcare, agriculture, semiconductors and production.

As for El Paso, he mentioned a new 160,000 square foot Schneider Electric plant, which is part of a $100 million regional investment, and a new $150 million, 2 million square foot warehouse and distribution center for Marshalls clothing stores. Both will create approximately 1,500 new jobs for the El Paso region.

“The bottom line is that (these) jobs will help the El Paso area,” Abbott said.

In addition to the economy, Abbott spoke briefly about the November 8 election, which pitted him against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, who is from El Paso.

The governor also spoke about the border inspections he ordered last April in El Paso and the other ports of entry in Texas in an effort to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants and drugs entering the country. He said the average five-hour wait for the commercial trucks at the ports was minimal compared to the Biden administration’s 18-month delay to secure the border.

“What we’re trying to do is address these challenges,” said Abbott, clarifying that the goal of the state’s Department of Public Security was to inspect vehicles. As a result, he said lives may have been saved because of the many unlicensed drivers and unsafe vehicles that failed to enter the country. However, he gave no examples of how the operation saved lives.

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