Special session #4
Texas lawmakers failed to accomplish multiple of the governor’s priorities during the 3rd special session, among which was vital border security legislation. As a result, Governor Greg Abbott called for a 4th special session that commenced at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 7.
In a press release from the governor’s office on that evening, Governor Abbott made clear what he wants the legislature to address in regard to border security during the 4th special session:
“Legislation to impede illegal entry into Texas by providing more funding for the construction, operation, and maintenance of border barrier infrastructure, and additional funding for the Department of Public Safety for border security operations, including additional overtime expenses and costs due to an increased law enforcement presence to preserve public safety and security in the Colony Ridge development in Liberty County, Texas.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers assigned to the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge seized cocaine in a commercial conveyance that amounted to over $3.5 million in street value.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the San Diego Field Office seized nearly $10 million worth of narcotics at the San Ysidro, Tecate, and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
Amount of narcotics seized:
- Fentanyl pills: 39.29 pounds
- Blue fentanyl pills: 5.38 pounds
- Fentanyl powder: 4.67 pounds
- Cocaine:120.99 pounds
- Methamphetamine: 439.95 pounds
Photo by CBP: Officers seized fentanyl pills
Using a narcotics detection dog, Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents working at the I-35 checkpoint intercepted marijuana worth $2,914,511.20 in street value from a tractor-trailer.
Photo by CBP
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized $91,800 worth of alleged cocaine from a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen using the Trusted Traveler Program lane.
Photo by CBP
If you are one of the countless Texans who want to see the border secure, contact your state representative and senator and tell them you want them to pass the governor’s border security priorities.
Find your state representative and senator here.