Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the State of Texas is planning to begin receiving federal funding for Operation Secure Texas. According to the Governor's office, with this announcement, Texas National Guardsmen and Women currently serving in support of Operation Secure Texas will now transition to federal orders.
Following the announcement, Governor Abbott issued a statement, saying, "I am grateful that the federal government and Congressional appropriators are stepping up and dedicating additional resources to provide for the safety and security of all Texans. The State of Texas also extends it gratitude to the men and women of the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety for their continued commitment to securing our border."
Operation Secure Texas was announced in 2014, under Governor Rick Perry, as an initiative between the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas National Guard and federal law enforcement.