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Gov. Abbott in San Antonio on law enforcement points, safety

The governor met with native and regional law enforcement officers on Thursday.

TEXAS, USA — Wrapping up a San Antonio go to, Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned elevated funding for public safety, accountability measures for district attorneys and extra psychological well being resources are among the many wants he heard from native law enforcement officers in order to higher safeguard south Texas communities. 

At the identical time, Abbott – who in March of 2021 launched Operation Lone Star in an try to higher safe the southern border – urged the video-sharing on-line platform TikTok to do a greater job of policing its channels. 

“We’re finding here in San Antonio, Texas, a proliferation of cartels advertising on TikTok recruiting teenagers to assist the cartels in their crimes, whether it be smuggling people, smuggling drugs or other crimes,” the governor mentioned, echoing issues shared by Texas Department of Safety Director Steven McCraw.  

The Thursday roundtable was held in the aftermath of Abbott meeting with governors of a number of northern-Mexico states final week, whom he mentioned have agreed to stepping up safety efforts on their aspect of the border in change for Texas halting its short-lived, controversial apply of expanded truck searches. 

“What they’ve agreed to is heightened security measures on their side of the border that will reduce illegal immigration into Texas,” Abbott mentioned. 

The governor additionally put President Joe Biden on blast, repeating a well-recognized chorus that the federal authorities isn’t doing sufficient to help in border enforcement. 

“The Biden administration needs to step up and start enforcing the laws passed by Congress, period.”

Local officers on hand identified that boosted law enforcement ranks will stay a precedence so long as San Antonio continues to develop. According to knowledge from the latest U.S. census, Bexar County’s inhabitants grew by about 295,000 residents between 2010 and 2020, amounting to a 17% improve. 

https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/bexarcountytexas,sanantoniocitytexas/PST045221

“The bottom line is this: Texans deserve safe communities,” Abbott mentioned. “Safe communities is a Texas value. Safe communities need law enforcement officers to help keep those communities safe.”

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