After Years of Footing the Bill, President Trump Finally Offers Texas Border Security Funds

For years, former Governor of Texas Rick Perry and current Governor Gregg Abbott constantly requested that the Federal government do its job and help them secure the border. Their requests were ignored, so the state invested hundreds of millions of their own budget into securing the more than 1,250-mile border, complete with 28 international bridges and border crossings, it shares with Mexico.

However, the Trump administration finally allocated $2.3 million this week to the Texas Military Department in order to save a special operation on the border, dubbed “Operation Secure Texas.” The department had its funding eliminated in the latest Texas state budget.

Governor Abbott praised the move in a press release, saying, “The taxpayers of Texas have funded border security, a federal responsibility, for far too long.” With the allocation, he added that the Texas National Guard units included in the operation will “transition to federal orders.”

Despite this positive development, the State of Texas still spends over $400 million per year on border security, primarily through their own department of public safety. Considering that managing national borders is a federal issue, the $2.3 million grant amounts to barely more than 0.5 percent of the total reimbursement that the State of Texas should receive for doing the federal government’s job. However, if the Trump administration doesn’t want to send Texas half a billion dollars every year, building an improved border barrier, staffing it adequately and removing the incentives for illegal immigration would certainly lower that annual cost.

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He oversees the numerous qualitative and quantitative research efforts conducted by FAIR and writes content for publication on FAIR’s website and outside media organizations. Previously, Spencer worked in gubernatorial campaigns and political nonprofits, covered politics at the federal and state levels as a freelance writer, and worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Legislature. Spencer holds a Master of Science in Data Analytics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


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    By committing the Coast Guard Texas would save a bundle of money and give them, the Coast Guard, something to do.

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    When will Texas be fully reimbursed for all that has been spent is my question now? The federal guvmint owes Texas a lot of money already.

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    When will Texas be fully reimbursed for all that has been spent is my question now. The federal guvmint owes Texas a lot of money already.

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      Concentrate on the Oil companies your State is abusing and destroying the land…..