Despite the fact that numerous law enforcement agencies from local to federal levels, along with renewed presence of the National Guard on the Rio Grande, a Travis County legislator wants to create a special Texas Border Security Division.
"Border security consistently ranks at the top of Texans' list of concerns," the bill's author State Representative Paul Workman said in a press release. "Yet for years, the federal government has neglected its responsibility along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas has waited long enough for leadership from Washington. Now is the time for Texas to secure its own border."
That's the same line former Governor Rick Perry used when he ordered the National Guard to the Rio Grande Valley last year. And last Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott doubled-down on border security.
"My plan more than doubles current spending on border security. It adds 500 new state troopers, more Texas Rangers who can focus on corruption, more funding for local law enforcement and more technology to stop transnational criminal activity that threatens every community in Texas," Abbott said Tuesday.
But until then, the National Guard is staying put and Abbott says he's found the funding to keep them there until 500 more state troopers are hired.
According to Workman, however, his bill would provide a long-term "solution" to securing the border.
“Texas has shown that we have the resources and willpower to secure our own border. This bill is about ending short-term fixes to a long-term problem by putting a permanent framework in place to secure our border,” Workman said.
Workman's Texas Border Security Division would work year-round on the Texas-Mexico border.
Here's a copy of the bill: