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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bonnen Applauds Governor's Deployment of Texas National Guard Troops to Border

Insider's Report Vol. 10 No. 5

Yesterday, I was honored to stand alongside Texas Governor Rick Perry as he directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border.  This latest effort will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which has already resulted in a 36 percent decrease in illegal immigration apprehensions during its first three weeks.  Texans can be proud that our state has stepped up to the plate to ensure our national security in the absence of any effective action by our federal government.  Where Washington D.C. has failed, the Lone Star state has risen to the challenge.

These additional 1,000 men and women possess extensive training and visibility that builds upon the Texas National Guard's existing border presence, which has been utilizing air assets to patrol the region.  They will work side-by-side with law enforcement officials who have already been carrying out the successful Operation Strong Safety mission.  This collaboration of efforts is imperative in deterring the influx of illegal immigrants into our country and ensuring the safety, security, and sovereignty of Texas.

Since 2008, more than 203,000 illegal aliens have been booked into Texas county jails and have committed more than 640,000 crimes in Texas alone, including over 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults.  The safety of our communities and our families is clearly threatened, while Texas citizens are being burdened with the associated costs of this criminal activity.  These numbers do not reflect the countless physical and sexual assaults of immigrant women and children as they are trafficked by drug cartels and gangs -- the same cartels and gangs that seek to overburden our resources in order to infiltrate our communities.

Texans should demand answers from President Obama and our federal government regarding their avoidance and failure in fulfilling their number one responsibility of national security.   And as the Chairman of the Select Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, I am asking hard questions, calculating the growing cost of Texas' efforts, and demanding that Texas taxpayers be reimbursed for doing the job of our federal government.