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 senate.texas.gov/av-archive.php.

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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