Strengthening Border Security

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.

In the Summer of 2014, Texas was flooded with unaccompanied migrant children overwhelming the border, and necessitating deployment of the Texas National Guard. Consequently, the Legislature made $800 million available to help stem border-related crime. Nonetheless, local communities across the state are still dealing with the ramifications of that crisis. We cannot afford another concocted immigration crisis, now or in the future.
TCC also sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott in support of his joint request with Congressman Henry Cuellar to the Department of Homeland Security, which asked for clear justifications for the agency’s decision to halve aerial border security resources. TCC is deeply concerned by this decision and believe that it creates higher risk and lower security on the border for the National Guard, the Texas Department of Public Safety officers, local law enforcement and all Texans. In order to protect the border to the best of our abilities, we need a constant and accurate stream of intelligence from aerial resources.
Early last year, TCC members strongly supported Texas’ lawsuit in response to the President’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration. President Obama’s decree far exceeded his authority, bypassing 535 elected members of Congress who represent all Americans. The President’s challenge to our constitutional order was rightfully met with decisive legal challenge.