Texas is spending $800M to increase border security. Is it necessary?

Texas is spending $800M to increase border security. Is it necessary?

 

Texas Department of Safety Troopers patrol on the Rio Grand along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Mission, Texas.

Texas governor Greg Abbott has approved spending $800 million to amp up border security, causing speculation as to whether the state is creating its own border patrol.

Texas plans to spend the money on a second $7.5 million high-altitude plane to scan the border, a new border crime data center, a 5,000-acre training facility for border law-enforcement agencies, and grants for year-round helicopter flights. The state also wants to hire 24 Texas Rangers to investigate public corruption along the border and 250 new state troopers as a down payment on a permanent force along the border.

Abbott, who has been in office since January, says ………. read more here.

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