House Representative

Wray, John

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/03/2015

Rep. Wray Joins Lawmakers to Pass Stronger Border, Safer Texas

Legislation Strengthens Border Security, Toughens Penalties for Smugglers and Gives DPS New Tools to Crack Down on Crime Syndicates Statewide

AUSTIN, Texas – AUSTIN – On Monday, Rep. Wray and a bipartisan group of Texas House members called for passage of House Bill 11, the Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act, because it will strengthen border security and help law enforcement stop border-related crime wherever it occurs across the state.

“Washington continues to stall, and it's at the expense of the safety of Texas communities." said Wray. “The Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act will permanently strengthen the presence of DPS Troopers on the border, curb the flow of the cartels’ supply lines, and create a new team of investigators who will help police crack down on crime syndicates wherever they operate --from the border to the panhandle.”

Key provisions of House Bill 11, co-authored by Rep. Wray, include:

• Hiring of certified police officers at the DPS Trooper II level and authorizing 10 hour work days for DPS Troopers serving in the border region, ending the current practice of periodically shifting officers from other parts of the state.

• Creating a DPS Officer Reserve Corps of retired officers who will assist police statewide with background investigations, sex offender compliance checks and other duties.

• Imposing tougher penalties for smugglers, and classifying human smuggling as organized crime.

• Cutting the cartels’ supply lines with new southbound checkpoints within 250 yards of the border to curb the flow of stolen vehicles, guns and money from being smuggled into Mexico.

• Establishing a multiagency border crime information center in the Rio Grande Valley led by local law enforcement with assistance from DPS.

• Requiring law enforcement entities to adopt the National Incident Based Reporting System to ensure the transparency and uniformity of crime data throughout the state.

John Wray is a principled conservative serving his first term as Texas State Representative of House District 10, the area encompassing Ellis County and part of Henderson County. John currently resides in Waxahachie with his wife, Michele, and their two children, Morgan and Patrick.

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