If the Legislature wants to add 250 troopers to the Department of Public Safety at a cost of nearly $100 million over the next two years, that's fine. Texas is generally a safe state, but it's a big one too. There are plenty of places between Orange and El Paso where those new DPS troopers could protect taxpayers and fight crime.They described the plan as an "active decision to shift first-responders with arrest powers from places where they can do a lot of good to places that make good background for campaign commercials," which quite honestly is a difficult point to argue.
Stationing them permanently on the U.S.-Mexico border, however, is a political stunt that should be nipped in the bud. That's not where they are needed, and it's not where they can be most effective.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Paper: DPS border deployment a 'political stunt'
The Beaumont Enterprise published a staff editorial yesterday which sums up my own views about the suggestion to hire 500 additional state troopers to guard the border: