As we gather with friends and family around the Thanksgiving holiday, we relish the tradition of a savory turkey meal with dressing, cranberry sauce, and the perfect slice of pumpkin pie. While Thanksgiving is certainly a time for over-indulgence, it’s also a time to reflect and appreciate the blessings of togetherness and the warmth that this season brings to our homes and hearts. It’s a time to come together; to share stories, make memories, and express gratitude for the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us. It is my hope that you and your family enjoy a meaningful and joyous Thanksgiving by celebrating family, gratitude, and the spirit of giving.
With that, here’s an update from your State Capitol. . .
As you are likely aware, the Governor has reconvened the Legislature for a 4th called special session. The Governor’s proclamation addresses multiple policy areas including education and border security. While the Legislature is still down in Austin, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. Last week, I explained two border bills that received passage after a long debate on the House floor. With a few improvements negotiated with our Senate colleagues, I’m pleased to report that the Legislature has sent the strongest border security bill in Texas history to the Governor’s desk.
Senate Bill 3 marks a momentous step in strengthening our southern border by allocating $1.5 billion towards constructing, operating, and maintaining barrier infrastructure. Additionally, this bill appropriates $40 million to support extra law enforcement at Colony Ridge in Liberty County. In the face of the current Administration’s apathy towards the escalating homeland security crisis at our southern border, this bill offers a robust defense against illegal immigration and the constant flow of drug and human trafficking. This historic investment sends a clear message that the State of Texas will do whatever is necessary to secure the border and protect its citizens.
Senate Bill 4 stands as a crucial initiative, addressing the challenges surrounding unlawful entry into our country by establishing state-level consequences for such actions. The bill creates a new state offense for unauthorized entry into the US through Texas and provides state law enforcement officers with legal authority to return arrested individuals to Mexico or face enhanced criminal penalties. The current situation at our border has seen an unprecedented surge in migrant encounters, reaching an all-time high of nearly 2.4 million in fiscal year 2022 according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data. By empowering every peace officer across the state, this legislation ensures their readiness to protect Texans.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762 and our Capitol office at (512) 463-0508. Additionally, I welcome you to follow along on my Official Facebook Page, where I will post regular updates on what’s happening in your State Capitol and share information that could be useful to you and your family: https://www.facebook.com/RepTrentAshby/.