It is a controversy, but Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has once again offered state money to President Trump to build a border wall.
He first made the offer when he met with the president during his recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley. Now the Lt. Governor is taking the idea to the state legislature. He says border security is critical, especially for Texas, and a border barrier is the key to stopping drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
He says the state can pay for the border fence up front and then Congress can reimburse Texas. “The Rio Grande Valley has 54 miles now. They’re going to start building 25 miles in February. We need about another 128 miles. We have fencing from Brownsville to Falcon Lake. We need some fencing around Laredo. What I said to the president is, if he can’t get a deal with the democrats and he doesn’t declare emergency order, we have spent about three or four billion dollars easily in our own tax dollars on border security. We’ll send you a bill, if you can get congress to pay it and we can work on the wall.”
Patrick says border security is too important to leave it up to a democratic congress unwilling to work with the president. He plans to present his plan to pay for the wall to the state legislature sometime this month, if the president cannot find a solution to pay for it.