Sen. Carlos Uresti Named to Committee to Study Border Security

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September 18, 2015

San Antonio, TX—Senator Carlos Uresti was named to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Border Security by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The committee, created by House Bill 11 during the recent 84th Legislative Session, will monitor the Department of Public Safety border surge, and the newly budgeted $800 million appropriated to further secure the Texas-Mexico border.

“As a Senator representing over one-third of the Texas-Mexico border, I am motivated to continue my work on border security.” said Senator Carlos Uresti.

“Last year, we spent $124 million in a hurry, and I think there are some questions surrounding what exactly we got for our money. I want to closely monitor the spending of the next $800 million, and report back to my constituents that the money was used wisely, and be in a position to say exactly what we accomplished.

“I have great confidence in our DPS troopers, and I think we’re finding that if we would make some investments in local law enforcement while we ramp up DPS on the border, we can not only improve border security, but have a strong long-term infrastructure in place before the state investment runs dry. I look forward to studying this further as a member of the committee.” said Uresti.                                               

While there is not yet an announced timeline, the committee’s five Senate members, and five House members will compile their findings into a report due to the full legislature prior to the 85th Legislative Session, which convenes in January, 2017.

Sen. Uresti represents Senate District 19, which covers more than 35,000 square miles and contains all or part of 17 counties, two international ports of entry, eleven state parks, 51 school districts, 2700 miles of highways, and more than 23,000 producing oil and gas wells in both the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin. The district is larger than 12 states and 82 Nations, and contains over one third of the Texas-Mexico border. Sen. Uresti is proud to serve on the Finance, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Health & Human Services, and Administration Committees. Senator Uresti is the first Senator from San Antonio to serve on the Legislative Budget Board.