It seems that the “Lone Star” state is once again doing it alone when it comes to border security and not waiting on the feds to get off their collective derriere, and get serious about border security.

Former Gov. Rick Perry who ordered a big reinforcement of security at the Mexico border in 2011, when he bought six new gunboats that can fire 900 rounds a minute and clock highway speeds. But the boats, which cost $580,000 each, spent more time docked than patrolling the Rio Grande.

However that was a small price tag compared with what Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is about to spend on border security. The newly elected Republican governor has just approved $800 million dollars for border security over the next two years, more than double any period of Perry’s 14-years in office.

The security shopping list reads like a high-tech state-of-the-art military assistance package to a foreign country, with a $7.5 million dollar high-altitude aircraft 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 two dozen 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.

So why is Texas setting up what appears to be a parallel border patrol alongside the federal force?

The answer is right there on the border in that Texas along with New Mexico, Arizona and California have become “ground zero” for the Mexican Drug Cartels and for a wave of Central American migrants, mostly unaccompanied minors and women with children. The Valley sector accounted for 53 percent of all migrants captured in the Southwest during the fiscal year ending September.

That alarmed Texas Republicans, who called for a crackdown during the election campaign last year.

Abbott told reporters this month following the legislative session. “The first obligation of government is to keep people safe and that means ensuring that this ongoing cartel activity, which is not abating whatsoever, gains no root at all in the state of Texas.”


Source KXAN Austin

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