Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during his first State of the State address this week to a joint session of the Texas Legislature and a packed gallery in the Texas House Chamber that the Lone Star State will more than double spending on border security, according to the Austin American Statesman newspaper. Security along the Texas-Mexico border has become a national issue as thousands of illegal aliens have flooded across the border in recent years.
Abbott focused on the border security issue, saying, “We cannot be naive to the threat posed by drug cartels, transnational gangs and human smuggling and traffic operations. In the face of such evil, we cannot respond with apathy, but resolve.”
The Wichita Falls, Texas native further said the firstr step in securing the border is enforcing the law. He referred to the judge’s ruling Monday which sent shock waves from Brownsville, Texas to Washington D.C. He referred to the fact a judge’s decision put a stop to the “lawless actions of Barack Obama.” He also said, “I’m happy to report that late last night a federal judge halted the President’s executive action plan. In Texas, we will not sit idly by while the President ignores the law and fails to secure the border.”
The budget proposed by the Governor will more than dramatically increase state spending aimed at protecting the border. The former Attorney General’s plan will add 500 new state troopers for border security. He said specifically, “By hiring more DPS troopers for border security, it allows officers displaced from places like Longview, Lubbock and from around the state to return to their communities to keep them safe. It also expands the anti-gang efforts across the state, helping us to disrupt dangerous gangs in places like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.”
Abbott also mentioned he was declaring border security funding as the fourth of his emergency items. Texas newest governor has backed up his words with actions in regard to the Texas border. He ordered the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety Troopers to remain deployed under Operation Strong Safety until the legislature can take action on his budget requests.
The Governor said, “I have identified funds to keep the National Guard in place until the Legislature acts. As soon as DPS has the permanent resources needed to secure our border, we cn bring home our dedicated National Guard troops.”
The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature also heard Abbott declare he will focus on other areas including education, transportation and veterans affairs in addition to border security.
But the attention of many Americans was drawn to his strong stance against illegal immigration because of the increased threat ISIS and Al-Qaeda pose around the world. Many national observers have wondered if agents of terrorism may cross the Texas border to deliver the kind of violence the national news has carried from Iraq, Syria and now Lybia on a daily basis.