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On July 11, 13 Texas state representatives and two state representative nominees signed a letter to Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, and members of the Legislative Budget Board.
In it, they urged the state of Texas to utilize "all lawful budget authority" to secure its border with Mexico.
Texas Reps Urge State Action to Secure Border
An urgent request by the Commander of the Texas Military Forces is something that Legislators take seriously. We ask members of Congress to answer Gov. Perry’s call for action and funding. However, we acknowledge the likelihood that help from Washington will be delayed, or absent altogether.
Texas must act where Washington will not. Gov. Perry has called for 1,000 additional National Guard troops and we can act now to provide them. We urge Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and Speaker Straus to utilize all lawful budget authority to deploy additional members of the Texas Military Forces to the border as the Governor requested.
If budget execution authority must be exercised by the Legislative Budget Board under section 317 of the Government Code, then we offer our support for such a measure and ask that all steps needed to exercise such authority be taken expeditiously.
We are thankful to all the men and women who are deployed on the border dealing with this crisis. We pray for their success.
May God grant wisdom to our leaders, and may He help us all as we fulfill our responsibilities to Texans.
CRS Report for Congress
Canadian and Mexican Borders According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the length of the International Boundary line of the U.S.-Canadian border, excluding Alaska, is approximately 3,987 miles,, while the length of the U.S.-Mexican border is estimated at 1,933 miles. The length of the Alaska-Canada border alone is 1,538 miles. The tables below list the 13 U.S. states that share international boundaries with Canada and the four states that share an international border with Mexico, with information from the International Boundary Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey
originally posted by: AngryCymraeg
a reply to: FarleyWayne
Hasn't Obama already asked Congress for a lot of cash to do something about the border? And how exactly can the border be secured? We're talking about a huge area.
originally posted by: Fylgje
Until they make a 20 mile buffer zone, lining the border will do nothing. Anyone caught within that buffer zone goes to a hard labor camp for 1 year(first offense). All kids get taken to the capitol of Mexico and the government there pay for it. The Mexican gov should pay for all hard labor prison costs and all other costs. That's how you stop the BS.
originally posted by: BlackboxInquiry
a reply to: AngryCymraeg
From what I understood, the funds by enlarge are to accommodate the influx of people coming here outside the legal means.
Housing, clothing, food, even legal counsel. None of it's to 'protect' anything.
A working group of lawmakers appointed by Speaker John Boehner is poised to recommend
1. deploying the National Guard,
2. amending a 2008 law requiring a lengthy deportation process,
3. bringing in temporary judges to reduce a legal backlog and
4. new border security measures
to the GOP version of an emergency spending bill planned for floor consideration before the August recess.
originally posted by: HGarner
a reply to: FarleyWayne
Really its just screwed up. The illegal immigrants who are coming to America could be anyone. But the biggest problem is that the U.S is being way to kind with the illegal immigrants. I mean come on this is America and that's Mexico. Theres a fine line between America and Mexico but as the months progress that fine line is becoming smeared.