By Bethany Blankley (The Heart Sq.)
An extra $495.3 million has been transferred from the state’s normal fund to assist Texas’ border safety efforts via Operation Lone Star.
The funding switch was permitted by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, Senate Finance Committee Chair Joan Huffman, and Home Appropriations Committee Chair Dr. Greg Bonnen.
It was carried out in response to requests made by the heads of a number of state businesses as a consequence of a funding lapse between fiscal years 2020-2021 appropriations and financial yr 2022 appropriations.
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The state businesses requesting the funding switch embody the departments of Prison Justice (TDCJ), Public Security (DPS), Well being and Human Providers (HHSC), State Well being Providers (DSHS), Texas Alcoholic Beverage Fee (TABC), and Juvenile Justice ( TJJD).
In a letter to the division heads, the governor and different state leaders wrote, “These transfers are supposed to assist the deployment of the Nationwide Guard with $465.3 million and to assist border operations in different state businesses with $30 million. We perceive the Fiscal Years 2020-2021 appropriations would in any other case lapse and be unavailable to your businesses and that the Fiscal Yr 2022 appropriations have been totally funded with different sources.”
In a press release, Abbott mentioned the extra funding is critical for the security of Texans.
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“Texas is not going to sit on the sidelines as President [Joe] Biden continues turning a blind eye to the disaster at our southern border,” Abbott mentioned. “Texans’ security and safety is our high precedence, and we are going to proceed preventing to maintain our communities protected. This extra funding ensures the Lone Star State is totally geared up to offer Texans the border safety technique they demand and deserve.”
Huffman mentioned Texas’ efforts have led to 14,000 felony arrests and 1000’s of kilos of unlawful medication seized.
“Having spent my whole profession preventing to protect public security, I imagine this funding is critical to proceed the state’s efforts in supporting Operation Lone Star to fight felony exercise, human trafficking, and gang violence,” she mentioned.
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Since Operation Lone Star’s inception final March, the state legislature and state leaders have allotted $4 billion towards Texas’ border safety efforts. Abbott launched the operation after a surge in unlawful border crossings because of Biden’s immigration insurance policies.
“Whereas securing the border is the federal authorities’s accountability, Texas is not going to sit idly by as this disaster grows,” Abbott mentioned. “Texas is responding with probably the most strong and complete border plan the nation has ever seen.”
As of April 29, the state has acquired $67,700 in donations to move unlawful immigrants from Texas to Washington, DC
As of April 28, the state has acquired $55,310,296 in donations to fund the development of the border wall.
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