|TCC members 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, establishes a catch-all intelligence center in Hidalgo County to analyze border crime data 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
- Creates the Texas Transnational Intelligence Center (TTIC).
To fund these and other border security efforts, the state budget contains an unprecedented $800 million for border security efforts and operations.