As the Chair of Veteran Affairs and Border Security in the Texas Senate, I have helped oversee nearly one billion dollars of new funding to improve border security and stop the flow of immigrants entering the country illegally. I also helped author legislation to stop so-called sanctuary cities so that criminals who are here illegally are handed over to federal authorities and local officials are not putting Texans at risk by skirting the law. The State of Texas must do everything in our power to ensure that taxpayer dollars are NOT being handed out as welfare to illegal immigrants. Not only does this steer taxpayer dollars away from helping and educating Texas citizens, but it sends the wrong signal to law-abiding people who are waiting in line to immigrate here legally. If we wish to remain a nation of laws, we must protect our borders and enforce an orderly legal immigration policy.