Proposed $60M border security surge pushed back

By: PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press
By: PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Plans to ramp up border security in Texas with an immediate $60 million spending jolt are now likely stalled until at least September.

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst vowed late last year to seek swift funding to beef up state patrols along the Texas-Mexico border. But aides said this week that the Texas Department of Public Safety now may not see that money until later this year.

Dewhurst is facing the toughest re-election bid of his 11 years in office heading into Tuesday's primary elections. His challengers accuse Dewhurst of playing politics with the timing of the announcement to seek more funding.

Dewhurst spokesman Andrew Barlow says Dewhurst called for the funding after seeing first-hand the success of a special DPS border operation that ended in October.

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