Capitol Update: Texas Border Surge

June 21, 2019

Dear Friends,

Today, our Capitol Update summer series accompanies some breaking news.

You may have heard Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker Bonnen’s joint announcement that Texas is deploying another 1,000 National Guard troops to our southern border. These men and women will help alleviate the strain on existing border personnel who are overworked and under-resourced due to Congressional inaction.

Why do we need a border surge now? In just the past few weeks, more than 45,000 people from 52 different countries have been apprehended in Texas illegally crossing the border.

This crisis is real.

Despite the public’s demand for action, Congress continues to abdicate its border security duties… so Texas continues to step up. This session, we dedicated more than $800 million of your state budget to border security operations. That number includes funding for another 270+ Texas Rangers, state troopers, and support personnel at the border, as well as enhanced camera technology, tactical training, and transnational intelligence sharing.

Texas will not relent. We will do what it takes to patrol and secure our border.

Sincerely,

Kelly Hancock
State Senator, District 9
Chair, Business & Commerce
Vice Chair, Transportation


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