House Republican introduces bill to reimburse Texas for the whopping cost of border security

Rep. Roger Williams wants to send a bill to the Biden administration for almost $4 billion since Texas has had to do the government’s job and secure its border from invasion.

The Texas Republican has introduced a bill called the “Operation Lone Star Reimbursement Act.” Williams introduced it Thursday evening. If it passes, his state would be due reimbursement of the combined $3,726,400,000 it spent on locking down the southern border between 2020 and 2023.

“The Federal Government is primarily responsible for securing the borders of the United States at and between ports of entry,” the bill states. “Due to the lack of action by the Federal Government, the State of Texas has been forced to continually appropriate funds to secure the southern border of the United States.”

The legislation states that in an effort to “help maintain safety and security for all citizens,” Texas has “protected Americans from criminal acts of human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug proliferation, illicit movement of weapons and contraband, criminal organizations and unlawful entry,” according to Fox News.

Williams asserts that his state ponied up over $800,000,000 in 2020 and 2021, to secure the border. Texas reportedly spent in excess of $2,926,400,000 in 2022 through 2023. According to the legislation, the Lone Star State “plans to spend an additional $4,600,000,000 to secure the border” from 2024 through 2025.

“The bill calls on Texas to submit an application for reimbursement to the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of the Treasury Department that includes the total amount the state spent on securing the southern border over the last four years,” Fox News reported.

“Should the measure pass and be signed into law, the bill states that the Treasury secretary ‘shall pay to the State of Texas, out of any amounts in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, an amount equal to the total amount of expenses’ outlined in the bill within 60 days of Texas filing the application,” the media outlet added.

Williams has been raging against President Biden for a long time, accusing him of being in dereliction of his duty to secure our borders from our enemies.

“As the border crisis rages on, President Biden has failed to uphold his duty to defend our borders from foreign invasion, leaving border states like Texas to fend for themselves,” Williams said in a statement given to Fox News Digital. “I am proud to introduce the Operation Lone Star Reimbursement Act to ensure Texans don’t have to continually shell out taxpayer dollars to secure the southern border of the United States.”

“Since Biden refuses to do his job and safeguard the American people, Texas has been forced to step up to protect our homes and communities, and we must be reimbursed,” he demanded.

Texas has been fighting with Biden since he came into office over the border and the state is not backing down.

A lawsuit was filed this year by Biden’s Justice Department against Texas over a state law that allows authorities to arrest illegal immigrants. Texas and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott are not complying with the Left’s lawfare over the border. Texan leaders have basically told the Biden administration to pound sand over it.

“The lawsuit, filed in an Austin federal court, came after Abbott signed into law in December a measure challenging the federal government’s authority over immigration matters. In addition to Biden, several blue cities like New York and Chicago have pushed back against Abbott for having thousands of migrants bussed from his state to their jurisdictions,” Fox News reported.

Per Texas law, illegal immigrants must either comply with a judge’s order to leave the country or be prosecuted on misdemeanor charges of illegal entry. If they still refuse to leave, they could get slapped with felony charges if arrested again.

“Those ordered to leave would be sent to ports of entry along the border with Mexico, even if they are not Mexican citizens. The law can be enforced anywhere in Texas, but some places are off-limits, including schools and churches,” Fox News elaborated.

“Texas has spent billions to help maintain the safety and security of all citizens across the United States and fight back against deadly human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug and cartel activity, and seemingly endless unlawful entries that are draining Texas’ resources,” Williams asserted. “It’s past time Biden recognizes this crisis for what it is and stands with Texans to secure our nation.”

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