Governor Rick Perry today will host his counterparts from both sides of the border with Mexico in sessions that could focus on crime.
The Border Governors Conference -- through Friday in Austin -- is expected to include discussions about border security.
Perry says more federal money needs to flow into US/Mexico border security.
The governors of California, New Mexico and Arizona are expected to join Perry. Also invited are the governors of the Mexican border states -- of Sonora, Baja, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
The governors also are expected to discuss assorted economic issues, such as agriculture, technology exchanges, oil and gas production and electricity.