Texas Spends More On Border Security Effort In 4 Years Than What Trump Gave State

Migrants walk past razor wire fencing to be taken by the Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river in Eagle Pass, Texas, Sunday, May 22, 2022. The U.S. government has expelled migrants more than 1.9 million times under Title 42, named for a 1944 public health law, denying them a chance to seek asylum as permitted under U.S. law and international treaty for purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19. President Joe Biden wanted to end Title 42, but a federal judge in Louisiana issued a nationwide injunction that keeps it intact. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

The Texas legislature has allocated more than $11.6 billion to border security efforts over a four-year period, the most in state history.

The amount is more than what the Trump administration allocated to federal border security efforts in Texas.

“The problem at the border was of a magnitude that we had never before experienced and efforts and initiatives we had taken in the past were simply going to be insufficient,” state GOP Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said last week. “We needed a new plan, and it was going to require great resources.”
Last week, GOP Gov. Gregg Abbott met with 13 governors who all expressed their commitment to defending Texas.
Texas has been so successful at blocking illegal entry that cartel activity has been pushed west into Democratic-led states that aren’t implementing similar tactics that Texas has, state Border Czar Mike Banks told The Center Square.