Texas Takes Huge Step To Secure Border (Since Obama Won’t)

Texas Takes Huge Step To Secure Border (Since Obama Won’t)

Texas is one of the few states that have been willing to stand up to the Obama Administration on several important issues. As President Obama simply refuses to do what he has sworn to do- uphold the law- Texas is now taking matters into their own hands to try and help deal with the huge illegal immigration problem that plagues the state.

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More than 100,000 active gang members are a dangerous plague on the people of Texas — many of those gang members associated with cross-border crimes such as human smuggling and illegal drug trafficking. So says the get-tough governor of the Lone Star State, Greg Abbott, according to a report on Breitbart News. That’s one of the reasons Abbott just signed what the Breitbart article describes as “the toughest and most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America.”

“We are doing this because border security has turned out to be a real challenge for the people of this state, not just on the border region but across communities across the entire state of Texas,” Abbott said.

An Associated Press article shared on the ABC15 website notes that the Republican governor — citing the Obama administration’s failure to do what it should to help keep Texas residents safe — has approved $800 million for border security over the next two years.

That extraordinary expenditure will give Texas law enforcement a number of new personnel, plus high-tech tools to combat the violent drug cartels and illegal border crossings. Already in the big Texas tool box are six high-speed gunboats with weapons that can fire 900 rounds per minute.

n Texas’ shopping list is 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 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.

Instances of criminal activity associated with illegal immigrants have become so prevalent in Texas that the state legislature has sent the governor a number of measures to give residents greater rights in arming and defending themselves. As KXAN-TV noted in a recent report, Gov. Abbott made the expansion of gun rights a top priority of his first legislative session as the state’s chief executive:

Gov. Greg Abbott stopped at a gun range to sign into law bills letting Texans carry concealed handguns on college campuses and openly carry them virtually everywhere else…

He says the laws mean Texans can be sure their Second Amendment rights will be stronger and more secure than ever before.

The Texas governor says he will press the Obama administration to pick up the tab for the enhanced border security measures, seeking reimbursement from the federal government for the hundreds of millions of dollars the state has to spend to handle what Gov. Abbot contends should have been a federal responsibility in the first place.

Bravo to Governor Abbott for having the guts to stand up for his citizens.

The federal government, as outlined in the Constitution, has fewer responsibilities than one would think. One of these responsibilities is to defend America’s borders from invaders. In this charge, they have failed miserably and actively encouraged such incursions.

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