AUSTIN, TX - Governor Greg Abbott's administration has only been in office a few weeks, and already we are seeing old plans change. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick says Republican leaders now want the Texas National Guard to remain along the Mexico border indefinitely. Former governor Perry first deployed 1000 troops to the border last summer, as an influx of undocumented families from Central America came pouring across the border.
But it wasn't cheap. It costs tens of millions of dollars to stand guard, and the money was set to dry up next month. Patrick says, "We can't pull back now" and signaled that governor Abbott will call for another $12 million to keep troops on the border through May.
No word where that money will come from or how many troops it will cover. The new budget this fall is expected to include a 74% increase in spending for border security.