Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, Sept. 17, signed the state’s House Bill 9 into law, which will provide an additional $1.8 billion in state funding for border security over the next two years. Abbott said in a statement, “Our border crisis goes beyond the Rio Grande Valley and our South Texas communities—the smuggling of drugs, people, and weapons reaches far and wide throughout our state, and it affects all of us,” “That is why border security funding is crucial to our efforts to keep the entire state of Texas safe and secure,” adding that the funding will provide the state’s agency partners with even more support to address the influx of unlawful migrants and prevent dangerous people and contraband from entering Texas.