AUSTIN – Today Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, traveled to South Texas, joined by five other Senators, to witness first-hand the crisis unfolding at the border.

"Today we saw the consequences of an unsecured border — human trafficking, public health challenges, abuse and the exploitation of vulnerable people who are desperate for a better life," Senator Nelson said. "The number of people who are crossing into Texas is financially unsustainable. Even though this is a federal responsibility, we have invested significant state dollars into border security and combatting human trafficking — a form of modern day slavery that cannot go unchecked. If this isn't a crisis, I don't know what is."

The senators were briefed by border patrol officials and the Texas Department of Public Safety. At the current volume, crossings could increase to 35,000 a month. To raise awareness of this crisis, the senators held a press conference, which can be viewed online at

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12,including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.

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