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Texas senators call for border security definition


Austin American-Statesman - Texas Senate budget writers appeared to reach bipartisan agreement Monday that the state needs an official definition for ‘border security’ so they and law enforcement can measure the effectiveness of a prolonged and state-bankrolled enforcement effort at the Texas-Mexico boundary.

The consensus came after Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee – joined by one Republican – jumped on the lack of detail in the upper chamber’s proposed budget about how exactly to spend the $815 million the two-year spending plan allocates for border security efforts.

...“There have to be performance measures,” said state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler.

“Christmas polls well in my house,” he continued, but “every dollar needs to be accounted for.”

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, agreed with Eltife: “We do need to define what border security is.”

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