Border security has been one of Texas’ major issues due to increased immigration. If this issue is not addressed in the short term, there are likely to be more cases of thefts and deaths at the border. In contrast, in the long term, the government will result from implementing a total lockdown at the border, which will limit trade in regard to the movement of goods and services.
Several recommendations can be implemented by the government to help solve the border insecurity issues that Texas is facing. These are listed below.
- Deploying more police officers at the border.
- Encourage investment by the private sector in border infrastructure.
- Integrating technology at the border that can relay border movements in real-time.
Policy Adoption & Implementation
I will work with the Homeland Insecurity Department of Texas to implement these recommendations. The proposal will be both state-funded and funded by an NGO (Beeferman, 2022). This will involve funding of infrastructure, integrated technology, and deployment of police officers. Statistics from February 2021 suggest that border insecurity ranks at 14% after Coronavirus (The University of Texas, 2021). Further, the immigration officers will be under refresher training courses on border security matters.
The main issue impacting Texas is border insecurity. Various recommendations suggested include deploying more police officers, encouraging investment by the private sector in border infrastructure, and integrating technology at the border. This solution is expected to solve the problem in the long run. Besides, it will help mitigate the impact on the community by reducing the number of deaths and theft at the border.
Beeferman, J. (2022). Gov. Greg Abbott redirects $500 million from other agencies to fund border security mission through end of fiscal year. The Texas Tribune. Web.
The University of Texas. (2021). Most Important Issue Facing Texas. The Texas Politics Project. Web.