Southwestern states are seeking ways to deal with border security over concerns that there is inadequate federal assistance dealing with illegal immigration, and human and drug trafficking continue to impact security and budgets.
“The federal government has let them down,” David Inserra, a Heritage Foundation research assistant for national security and cybersecurity, told Newsmax. “I think the states are in a tough spot right now. Many are doing good work but there is not too much they can do about it if the federal government chooses not to enforce the law.”
In Texas, numerous candidates are running political campaigns pledging to be tough on border control.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general, has made the issue a central one in his campaign against Democratic nominee Wendy Davis, a Texas state legislator.