Gov. Greg Abbott signaled this week that the election of Donald Trump might give Texas an opportunity to dial back its unprecedented and costly border security campaign, which has an $800 million price tag in the state’s current two-year budget.
Abbott “is hopeful that President-elect Trump will implement a border security policy that eases the enormous financial burden Texas taxpayers have shouldered due to the current administration’s dereliction of duty,” Abbott spokesman Sam Taylor said in a statement. “The governor looks forward to working with the president-elect to secure our southern border once and for all.”
Since 2014, when then-Gov. Rick Perry sent Texas National Guard troops to the border as a flood of families from violence-ridden Central American countries poured into the Rio Grande Valley, Republicans have justified the border program, the only state-level border security program in the nation, by saying the federal government was endangering Texans by failing to keep unauthorized immigrants from crossing the Rio Grande.