Local Troopers on Border Patrol

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

BRAZOS VALLEY, Texas Local state troopers have been recruited as part of the ongoing effort to protect the U.S., Mexico border.

It's called Operation Strong Safety, and as part of the statewide effort, five troopers from the Brazos Valley area are shipped to the border each week.

Those troopers return home after a week, and another five are sent. The program started in June.

The local troopers come from Brazos, Burleson, Washington, Grimes, Leon, Madisonville and Robertson Counties.

According to the Office of the Governor's website, state troopers are being sent to the border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border.

This is the second year DPS has been asked by the governor to take part in Operation Strong Safety.

In a joint letter sent to DPS Director Steve McCraw, state leaders said "Clearly, committing more of your resources will not end the humanitarian issues on the border, nor is it a complete solution to what is ultimately a federal responsibility." But DPS "can reduce crime, ensure the safety of Texas citizens and support the strained resources of local law enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

This statewide operation costs Taxpayers about a $1.3 million a week. DPS surge operations will continue at least through the end of the year, and DPS officials must periodically report the results of the law enforcement surge to the governor and the legislature.

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