Texas Passes Sweeping Legislation to Strengthen Governor Abbott's Border Security Efforts

Tom Handy

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On Thursday, June 8, Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave an update on the border crisis and signed six bills. This is another move Governor Abbott is doing to provide safety and security in the border crisis. Abbott approved six bills to help provide security.

Since President Joe Biden came into office, Texas has seen a record number of migrants cross the border, legally as well as illegally. This has more than border cities such as El Paso and Del Rio can handle.

Last month, Governor Abbott requested support from other states to help him with border security and Republican governors responded.

The Texas state legislature approved $5.1 billion to support this effort.

Governor Abbott said:

"Thanks to the leadership and hard work of Director McCraw, General Suelzer, and their teams, Texas has pushed back against the swell of migrants and held the line to keep people out of Texas—but there's more that needs to be done."
"The Texas Legislature has stepped up to make sure we continue to robustly respond to President Biden's growing border crisis, including allocating $5.1 billion for border security. Today, I am signing six bills from this year's regular session to ensure that Texas can continue to do even more to stop illegal immigration at our southern border and provide new tools to the brave men and women along the southern border to protect Texans and Americans from the chaos and crisis of the border."

Governor Abbott announced the deployment of marine floating barriers to deter illegal crossings along the Rio Grande River. The idea is to prevent illegal crossings between ports of entry. Along Eagle Pass, the first 1,000 feet of the marine floating barrier will be deployed.

Senate Bill 423 - allows Texas military forces to use military drones during exercises, operations, and missions

Senate Bill 602 - allows the Department of Public Safety who have completed Department of Public Safety training to arrest and seize individuals for felony offenses

Senate Bill 1133 - provides a grant for farmers up to $75,000 to compensate them for trespassers who committed a crime (human trafficking or a drug offense) and destroyed the farmer’s crops

Senate Bill 1403 - allows Governor Abbott to coordinate with other states on border security without congressional approval

Senate Bill 1484 - allows the Department of Public Safety to create a border operations program for public officers and then to share information with the local authorities

Senate Bill 1900 - makes Mexican drug cartels and criminal organizations foreign terrorists in Texas

Do you think these new bills will be effective on the border crisis?

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