(Austin, Texas) Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 11, a bill aimed at creating a comprehensive long term solution to Texas’s border security problems. Specifically, HB 11 authorizes an additional 300 DPS troopers for border security operations, criminalizes the act of inducing a person to enter the country illegally, strengthens state smuggling laws to effectively target the organized criminal element infiltrating our border, along with other reforms. The legislation also protects local control by creating the “Texas Transnational Crime Intelligence Center", which would be staffed by local police and sheriffs to serve as a real-time, around-the-clock intelligence hub for state and local law enforcement agencies.
Upon passage of HB 11, the bill author Chairman Dennis Bonnen stated that, “Texas would be the only state in the nation with a consistent plan, unlike our federal government, that Texans can count on to address criminal activity at our border and make our communities much safer.”
Chairman Bonnen’s bill also found the support of many South Texas Lawmakers, whose districts are hardest hit by their proximity to the border. "By establishing a long term plan to secure our border, we are ensuring the lasting safety of our Texas families. I am proud to join my House colleagues on both sides of the aisle in achieving such a historic bipartisan solution,” said Representative Rick Galindo.
“The Texas House Republican Caucus is proud to support HB 11,” said Chairman Tan Parker. “Today House Republicans fought to protect Texas citizens by giving local law enforcement the tools necessary to protect our border, including tougher penalties for the cartels and gangs that operate on our southern border, threatening the safety of our state and country.”
The bill passed the Texas House today with overwhelming Republican support.
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