Austin Local News
DPS: We are better equipped to protect the border than the feds
The Department of Public Safety says they have more tools to protect the Texas-Mexico border than the feds do. Executive Director Steve McCraw tells lawmakers that due in large part to them appropriating money to battle crime there, "I have better quality assets, there's no question about it, thanks to the Texas state legislature. So we don't make fun of them too much, we don't chid them. They are close partners. Because we recognize that if they fail, we fail."
McCraw says they've used those funds to buy helicopters and even boats to patrol the area by air and along the Rio Grande, "We had a need to get on the water because of trans-national crime, drug organizations operating there. So, that's a substantial cost to the taxpayers that we would not have otherwise."
Lawmakers have long complained about the federal government ignoring the need to secure the Texas-Mexico border.