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Abbott Says Texas Border Safer Than Before

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The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, this month approved $800 million for border security over the next two years a€” more than double any similar period during Perry's 14 years in office. (File photo. David McNew/Getty Images)

The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, this month approved $800 million for border security over the next two years a€” more than double any similar period during Perry’s 14 years in office. (File photo. David McNew/Getty Images)

WESLACO, Texas (AP) — Attorney General Greg Abbott says he sees “measurable and meaningful results” from the $1.3 million per week in added border security spending Gov. Rick Perry ordered a week ago.

Abbott, who’s the Republican nominee for governor, said Friday in Weslaco that there has been no increase in crime and may have actually been a decrease in illegal activity. He credits the amount of law enforcement at all levels working at the border in the face of a surge of illegal immigration.

Abbott said “the border area in Texas is more safe from crime than it has been before.” He offered no details on the measurable results.

On June 19, Perry had said, “we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened.”

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