Border security has been one of the prime red meat issues that Governor Greg Abbott has fed to his Republican base for the past three years. He ordered the state patrol to beef up operations along the border, and shortly before President Trump was elected, the Texas Department of Public Safety changed its policy from catch and release to turning undocumented immigrants over to the Border Patrol. Abbott pressed the Legislature into approving more than $1.6 billion in border security funding, and he won passage of a “sanctuary cities” bill to force local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. And when President Trump wanted troops on the border, Abbott was swift to send the National Guard. But this week Abbott outsmarted himself. He got…View Original Post
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