Everyone wants a safe border to keep criminal elements out of our country – what we don’t want is ill-conceived and fear-based approaches that harm our communities. I’ve spent a 42-year career in law enforcement investigating drug traffickers and protecting Americans at home and abroad – I know what keeps our communities safe. Instead of their fear-mongering approach, we need to make smart investments to give funding to the people who truly understand the border. 

Rather than looking for smart solutions, Governor Abbott is simply appeasing Trump's wrongheaded approach as he disregards the wellbeing of Texas. Now more than ever, we need a governor who will prioritize smart solutions, instead of standing by as our border communities and the Texas brand are harmed by actions disconnected from reality.