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Gov. Greg Abbott is using a disaster declaration to help fund a border wall. Democrats say it’s an overreach of executive powers.

The disaster declarations give the governor broad power to suspend state laws and regulations that hinder a jurisdiction’s recovery from a disaster and to allow the use of available resources to respond to the disaster.

A woman looks through the border wall towards her family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas on June 19, 2021.

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