AUSTIN – Speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 13th annual Policy Orientation, State Representative Paul Workman today announced his plan to file legislation that would create the Texas Border Patrol.
"For too long, the federal government has neglected its responsibilities along the U.S.-Mexico border." said Rep. Workman. "Our citizens cannot wait any longer for a secure border between Texas and Mexico, which is why I will be filing legislation to create a Texas Border Patrol."
The planned legislation would create a Texas Border Patrol within the existing framework of the Texas Department of Public Safety to focus exclusively on the criminal element along the Texas-Mexico border. The Texas Border Patrol would be required to coordinate and cooperate with local and federal law enforcement and the Attorney General would be instructed to attempt to recover funding from the federal government.
"It is unfortunate that we have a federal government that has for years neglected the safety of its citizens along our southern border, but Texas never shies from a challenge," said Rep. Workman. "Texas can and will secure its southern border."