House Representative

Wray, John

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/11/2017

Rep. John Wray and Texas House Send Washington $2.8 Billion Bill for Border Security Costs

AUSTIN – Rep. John Wray joined fellow Texas House members today in calling on the federal government to reimburse Texas taxpayers for $2.8 billion in costs resulting from Washington’s failure to secure the border.

“Securing the nation’s borders is a federal responsibility, but the continued failure of Washington to accept this responsibility has forced Texas to take action on our own,” said John Wray. “The non-mandatory acceptance of this responsibility has led to Texas taxpayers carrying a tremendous financial burden that should be shared equally by all Americans. Today we ask Washington to live up to its responsibility and secure our nation's southern border, and to reimburse Texans for the $2.8 billion they have spent cleaning up the federal government’s mess.”

Since January 2013, the state of Texas and local governments have been forced to spend $2.8 billion as a result of the federal government’s failure to secure the border. Costs include:

BORDER SECURITY OPERATIONS
Texas Department of Public Safety – $1,410,563,257
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department – $20,268,215
Texas Military Forces – $62,976,798

INCARCERATION OF CRIMINAL ALIENS
Texas Department of Criminal Justice – $463,278,833
County Jails – $265,563,826

HEALTHCARE
Texas Health & Human Services Com. – $416,882,000

EDUCATION
Texas Education Agency – $181,185,708

TABC ENFORCEMENT
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission – $670,728

TOTAL KNOWN COSTS – $2,821,389,365

CONTACT: Tabatha Vasquez