U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham and Texas Gov. Rick Perry met last week to reaffirm their commitment to work together to secure Texas's southern border and facilitate the flow of legitimate trade and travel.
“With more than 1,200 miles of land border, 25 land ports-of-entry, and extensive trade with Mexico, Texas is a key partner for CBP in achieving our mission.” Basham said. “I appreciate the work that Governor Perry and the men and women in Texas state and local law enforcement are doing to support our efforts to secure the border with Mexico. I also look forward to continuing to work with him and our others partners in the state to welcome legitimate trade and travel.”
CBP continues to have an effective partnership with Texas that includes information sharing and collaborative operations to seal off illegal activity along the Texas border. The focus of these operations is preventing and disrupting all crime, including illegal international drug and human trafficking, and achieving the CBP priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States. These operations coordinate the efforts of CBP’s Border Patrol and port security operations, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Military Forces, Texas Parks and Wildlife and border-area sheriffs’ offices and police departments.
“Texas will not cede one inch to powerful and ruthless crime cartels or transnational gangs,” Gov. Perry said. “To effectively shut down this criminal element along our border, we need the right compliment of technology and personnel and that includes partnering with CBP and local law enforcement agencies.”
Gov. Perry discussed the significant resources provided by Texas to secure the Texas-Mexico border. These efforts include the temporary deployment of National Guard troops through Operation Jump Start and $110 million in state funds that are being used for key initiatives such as overtime for local law enforcement officers in communities along the border. CBP expressed its appreciation for the state’s ongoing efforts and support for the new state initiative dubbed “Texas Hold ’em” aimed at cracking down on commercial truckers who knowingly smuggle illegal weapons, drugs or humans across the Texas-Mexico border.
CBP also provided an update on key initiatives to improve security through deploying the right combination of personnel, technology, and tactical infrastructure to effectively maintain operational control of the border.
Commissioner Basham and Governor Perry agreed to continue working to identify additional ways to build on the success of the collaborative efforts between CBP and the State of Texas.