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Texas Battle Rages On Over Border Patrol Issues

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According to a report from the Daily Mail, a Texas governor is claiming that over 20,000 immigrants have crossed the border between Mexico and Texas since January 1 of this year. That’s not even 2 full months, at a rate of 10,000 per month. The report calls Texas “ground zero for the illegal immigration fight,” and says that “Gov. Greg Abbott says he will increase the number of his own state-based troops who will patrol the border – something the White House won’t do.” Meanwhile, a federal judge has put a halt on President Obama’s plan to give social security numbers and other benefits to five million illegal immigrants.

The report from Daily Mail explains, “Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Sunday that his state’s border with Mexico is so porous that ‘more than 20,000’ illegal immigrants have crossed it since January 1. The startling claim comes as congressional Republicans are pushing hard against President Obama’s ‘executive amnesty’ plan that would mainstream more than 5 million people who are in the U.S. Illegally. ‘We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away,’ Abbott said on the CBS show ‘Face the Nation.’ ‘Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve.’”

Texas Senators Want “Border Security” Defined

Meanwhile, as the battle of immigration goes on, Texas senators are asking that the term “border security” be defined. Dallas News shares, “Define “border security.” That seemingly simple but endlessly complex task appears to be the goal of Senate budget writers — from both parties — who heard testimony on Monday about a plan to spend $815 million over the next two years on law enforcement efforts on the border.

The elementary exercise took place after members of the Senate Finance Committee questioned a lack of detail in the border security spending plan. The proposed budget for that effort, covering several agencies, would be a $347 million increase over current spending. If no one knows the definition of “border security” — the state apparently doesn’t have one — then how could any meaningful performance standards be established, they asked. And without those measurements, how could anyone know if the spending is justified?”

Scrutiny Over High Price of Border Security

The high price of border patrol is being noticed by many. A report from KHOU in Houston tells us that “Calls for unprecedented border security spending in Texas are drawing bipartisan scrutiny as the Senate proposes doubling funding to pay for more manpower and crime-fighting technology. Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told powerful budget writers Monday that hundreds of additional state troopers are needed along the Texas-Mexico border.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is keeping the Texas National Guard on the border until they’re replaced by troopers. But Democrats and some Republicans are showing frustration with a skyrocketing tab is approaching $1 billion since 2008. Border security was major issue among GOP voters last year, but Democrats and some Republicans want better metrics attached to more money. The state last week announced it will offer fast-tracker training to veteran Texas police officers who want to become troopers.”

A Necessary Expense

Although the cost of protecting the borders of Texas are high, the cost of not protecting them are even higher. The Washington Post recently released a story which shares that Texas officials are warning of immigrants with ties to terrorism who are crossing the Southern border. As the report says, “A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars.

In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden. Another undocumented immigrant arrested crossing the border was on multiple U.S. terrorism watch lists, the report says.

According to the report, one member of al-Shabab, apprehended in June 2014, told authorities he had been trained for an April 2014 suicide attack in Mogadishu. He said he escaped and reported the planned attack to African Union troops, who were able to stop the attack. The FBI believed another undocumented immigrant was an al-Shabab member who helped smuggle several potentially dangerous terrorists into the U.S.”

Sources:

The Washington Post – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/02/26/texas-officials-warn-of-immigrants-with-terrorist-ties-crossing-southern-border/

Breitbart – http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/02/26/hold-ready-drug-smuggling-tunnel-found-after-3-million-pot-bust-on-border/

KHOU- http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/texas/2015/02/24/high-price-tag-of-texas-border-security-plan-draws-scrutiny/23924959/

Dallas News- http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20150223-texas-senators-try-to-pin-down-definition-of-border-security.ece

Daily Mail- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2965703/Texas-governor-claims-20-000-illegal-immigrants-crossed-border-Mexico-January-1.html

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