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August 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Is protecting the southern border the best use of Texas’ tax dollars?

The New York Times says Gov. Rick Perry’s deployment of 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 go to meet other state needs?

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