Abbott calls on Biden admin to reimburse Texas for money spent on border security

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Gov. Abbott called on President Joe Biden to reimburse the state on the more than $95 million Texas taxpayers has spent on border security since March of this year.

Abbott is calling on Biden to declare a federal emergency and send in money - and more resources - - to secure the border.


A breakdown provided by Abbott of how some of that money has been used includes:

  • $31.7 million used by the Texas Department of Public Safety
  • $5.9 used by the Texas Criminal Justice Department to staff jails 
  • $1.4 million used by the Texas health department on immigration-related health concerns. That figure does not include Covid-related expenses.
  • $6.8 million responding to the Haitian immigrants in Del Rio. That number is expected to increase.


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