Chasing border fears with big, big bucks

DPS' most recent request is more than $1 billion for border security

Fear, thy name is “border security.” And fear is costing Texans lots of money.

Getting ready for the 85th legislative session, the Texas Department of Public Safety has requested $1 billion for border controls. That’s right — a billion to guard the border on top of what the federal government already spends.

In the last session, Texas Republicans pushed through more than $800 million for border-control measures, doubling what was spent the previous biennium.

Or consider this: In 2010, Texas spent $120 million on border security. Seven years later, $1 billion is sought.

What’s driving this? Fear. Fear of ISIS, fear of the undocumented Mexican who wants to come to this country and work. And there seems to be no spending cap to calm these fears.

“Build a wall,” says Mr. Trump. That would be likely a trillion dollar project, and subject to avoidance with simple tunnels. No technology yet exists to detect tunnels.

Security is needed, of course. As with any population, a few bad apples will seek to take advantage of this country’s mostly welcoming nature. But a billion?

 

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