AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state's Republican leadership has announced it has authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund what is called "law enforcement surge operations" to fight a surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border.
In a joint statement Wednesday evening, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus said the spending comes in what they call "the absence of adequate resources to secure the border." The surge would continue until year's end.
The statement offers no specifics on where the money would come from or for what it would be used.
Last week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the U.S. Homeland Security Department for $30 million so Texas could send more state troopers to the border.
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