Attorney General Greg Abbott stops in Lufkin along campaign trail
POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 9:56pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 9:30am
Lufkin, TX (KETK) — Attorney General Greg Abbott continues his campaign trail for Texas Governor. He made a stop in Lufkin to address one of the biggest issues concerning East Texans: securing the U.S.-Mexico border.
KETK spoke with Greg Abbott, who said, "We have to secure the border. Texans are frustrated, the federal government has not done its job to secure the border". Texas officials are leading the charge in ending the crisis. Spending $1.3 million per week to help secure our border. Abbott said, "We have sent DPS officers, and now the National Guard, to secure the border because it is completely out of control".
Abbott even mentioned suing the federal government if they don't step up. He explained, "I'm looking into legal action if the federal government does not step up and foot the bill. Texans right now are willing to put the boots on the ground, but we expect the federal government to foot the bill for these expenditures".
If elected in November, Abbott is planning to send an additional 500 DPS troopers and Texas Rangers to the border, as well as increase the number of police officers across the entire state. Abbott shared, "Part of the cross-border problem is not just on the border, it's in the cities. It's in Houston, in Dallas. There was even a cartel hit in Southlake Texas".
Securing the border is a key element in Abbott's plan to make Texas number one in job growth, education, and transportation.