Lt. Gov. Patrick: Statement on President Trump's Meeting in McAllen
Congress Should Act Immediately to Secure the Border
MCALLEN - Lt. Gov. Patrick made this statement today following his meeting with President Donald J. Trump in McAllen:
"I joined President Trump in McAllen today and I truly appreciate him coming to Texas to underscore the crisis at the southern border and immediate urgency of his border security plan. It is time for his opponents to put aside the partisan games and address this very real crisis. The president's comprehensive plan to build a wall where it is needed, along with additional funding for narcotics detection, additional detention beds and additional immigration judges to handle the deluge of asylum applications and immigration cases, is critical to Texas and the country and Congress should act immediately to fund it."
Illegal immigration costs Texas taxpayers billions of dollars every year in healthcare, education and law enforcement as well as direct spending on border security. In 2018 alone, over 500,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing the border illegally — 300,000 of those were in Texas. Law enforcement experts confirm that these numbers represent only 20-25% of the people entering our country illegally.
Lt. Gov. Patrick: Statement Congratulating Speaker Dennis Bonnen
AUSTIN - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made this statement Tuesday congratulating Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, on his election as Speaker of the Texas House:
"I am happy to congratulate Speaker Dennis Bonnen on his election as Speaker of the Texas House. Dennis is a principled and skilled leader, and I know he is ready to take on the tough challenges we are facing this legislative session. I look forward to working with him and I am confident our collaboration will lead to positive and bold public policy for the people of Texas and the future of our state.”