By: Bettencourt, et al. S.R. No. 535
         WHEREAS, The United States Congress has the moral and
  constitutional responsibility to fully maintain the operational
  security of the Texas-Mexico international border; and
         WHEREAS, The United States Congress has neglected to fully
  fund the maintenance, order, and safety of the Texas-Mexico
  international border; and
         WHEREAS, An unprotected border facilitates drug smuggling
  and human trafficking and opens the door to spillover violence
  from criminal cartels and poses a grave threat to homeland
  security; and
         WHEREAS, On March 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of
  Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, sent an
  urgent request to the United States Congress describing the
  border as "a humanitarian and security catastrophe that is
  worsening by the day;" and
         WHEREAS, DHS is expected to report the interdiction of
  100,000 migrants in March 2019, which would be the highest
  monthly total in a decade; and
         WHEREAS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had
  12,000 migrants in custody the last week of March 2019, an
  unprecedented number; and
         WHEREAS, Secretary Nielsen reports that the volume of
  "vulnerable populations" is unsustainable and DHS, CBP, and
  Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities are at peak capacity
  to shelter unaccompanied alien children (UAC); and
         WHEREAS, Due to the unprecedented influx of migrants
  overwhelming the capacity at CBP stations and the ongoing crisis,
  U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector have
  begun releasing detainees into Texas; and
         WHEREAS, News reports reveal undocumented women have made
  their way into American border towns after being beaten for
  disobeying smugglers, impregnated by strangers, coerced into
  prostitution, shackled to beds and trees, and – in at least a
  handful of cases – bound with duct tape, rope, or handcuffs; and
         WHEREAS, 194,000 criminal aliens booked into Texas jails
  from 2011-2019 were charged with more than 299,000 criminal
  offenses; and
         WHEREAS, CBP reports the unprecedented increase in migrant
  interdictions is having a detrimental impact on CBP's primary
  border security mission and security posture resulting in up to
  40 percent or more of CBP personnel working to care for,
  transport, and process vulnerable families and children; and
         WHEREAS, Transnational criminal organizations and
  smugglers are using large groups of families as diversions to
  exploit and profit from reduced border enforcement presence; and
         WHEREAS, Members of Congress have filed legislation to
  designate drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations for
  their undermining of American national security with a
  relentless attack on our border while trafficking in human
  beings; and
         WHEREAS, The President of the United States has declared
  the situation along the border a "crisis;" and
         WHEREAS, The United States Congress has consistently
  delayed meaningful action on border security, forcing Texas to
  expend significant resources to keep the international border
  with Mexico secure and placing an undue burden on the state's
  taxpayers; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Texas Senate hereby expresses its
  dissatisfaction with the United States Congress' inadequate
  efforts to fully fund the operational security of the
  Texas-Mexico international border; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas Senate calls upon the United
  States Congress to adopt a budget that fully funds all means
  necessary to fully secure the Texas-Mexico international border,
  including, but not limited to, deploying personnel, implementing
  effective technologies, and erecting barriers where needed; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas Senate declares this crisis at
  the Texas-Mexico International Border an emergency; and, be it
         RESOLVED, The Texas Senate supports the President in his
  efforts to move forward with emergency action; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Secretary of the Texas Senate forward
  official copies of this resolution to the President of the United
  States, to the President of the U.S. Senate, and to the Speaker of
  the U.S. House of Representatives, and to all members of the
  Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this
  resolution be entered in the Congressional Record.