Because of the federal government’s inaction and failure to protect our border with Mexico, TCC members in the 84th legislature allocated unprecedented resources toward border security. TCC members also authored and helped to pass House Bill 11, which increases over two years the number of Texas Department of Public Safety officers on the border and creates a voluntary corps of retired DPS officers to bolster the agency’s ranks. The bill also:
- Increases penalties for human smuggling;
- Requires DPS to assist federal authorities at southbound checkpoints at the border to screen for guns and illicit cash headed to Mexico;
- Requires the Texas Attorney General to create a division within the agency that prosecutes transnational and organized crime; and
- Creates the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center (TTIC).
To fund these and other border security efforts, TCC members worked diligently to appropriate an unprecedented $800 million for border security efforts and operations. TCC members kept their pledge to secure the border.
Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Patrick are trumpeting the 84th legislative session as the most conservative and productive legislative session in history largely because of our efforts to secure the border. Equally as important are the conservative initiatives TCC members will be able to consider to secure the border in the upcoming legislative session – like legislation to ban sanctuary cities.
Members of TCC are working to keep Texas strong, free and prosperous.