AUSTIN, Texas | Border ‘crisis’ echo in Texas is faint as lawmakers return
AUSTIN, Texas —Jan 08, 2019—President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to press for a border wall to end the government shutdown. But talk of the “crisis” he describes is notably faint in the Texas Legislature, where Republicans have long cast the border with Mexico as a dangerous threat.
On Tuesday, state lawmakers returned to work for the first time since 2017, when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed one of the nation’s toughest “sanctuary city” crackdowns and Texas spent nearly $1 billion on border security measures that included round-the-clock state trooper patrols in addition to a National Guard deployment.