All Points: Texas spends heavily on border security

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The New York Times reports that Gov. Rick Perry’s deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops is “only the latest step in a decade-long strategy … to patch together Texas’ own version of the Border Patrol on its 1,200-mile border with Mexico.”

The state has spent more than $500 million on border security since 2005, an amount that outpaces all other border states and includes high-tech equipment, heavily armed boats and a $7.4 million high-altitude surveillance airplane.

Is this a proper use of Texas taxpayers’ money, or should that money have gone to meet other state needs?

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