Greg Abbott ‘hopeful’ Trump win means Texas can cut border spending

Greg Abbott ‘hopeful’ Trump win means Texas can cut border spending

Sean Collins Walsh

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.

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