Texas Republican Party Supports Stronger Border Security Bills

In late February, the Republican Party of Texas approved three legislative items that it believes sufficiently address the present crisis at the southern border with Mexico. 

Bolstering border security and protecting Texans is one of 8 legislative priorities for the 2023 legislative session that the Texas GOP has loudly advocated for in recent month.

The priority says the following:

Texas shall immediately deny all taxpayer funded services and subsidies to illegal aliens. We call upon the Governor to assert his duty under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution to declare an invasion on our Texas border and do everything in his power to protect Texans from this invasion. The legislature shall direct the Governor to enter into an Interstate Compact with one or more states for Border Security.

Based on this legislative priority, the Texas GOP endorsed three pieces of legislation, which Sydnie Henry of Texas Scorecard outlined below: 

To this end, the RPT has endorsed three pieces of legislation so far.

House Bill 209 by State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) would finish President Trump’s border wall if passed by the Texas Legislature.

Additionally, Senate Bill 237 by State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood) and its companion in the Texas House, House Bill 82 by State Rep. David Spiller (R–Jacksboro), would create an interstate compact for border security after being approved by the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress. The interstate compact would allow the compacted states to apprehend or deflect illegal border-crossers and possibly enforce federal immigration law, if Congress approves.

At this point, Texas has to take immigration matters into its own hands and start implementing its own border security measures. The federal government has clearly no interest in doing so. If red states on the border don’t take up the mantle of immigration patriotism, the Great Replacement will completely consume Texas. 

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