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New Straus ad highlights work on border security

Speaker Joe Straus released a new television commercial Monday that highlights the Legislature's historic and extensive efforts to improve public safety along the Texas-Mexico border and throughout the state.

The ad features Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback, who describes key aspects of border-security legislation passed under the leadership of Speaker Straus. In the 2015 legislative session, the House passed Governor Greg Abbott's border-security agenda in its entirety, putting more state troopers along the border and equipping them with cameras, technology and additional air assets to apprehend criminals.

Texas has made an unprecedented investment in border security under the leadership of Speaker Straus, responding directly and forcefully to the Obama administration's failure to secure the border. In addition to authorizing the hiring of more state troopers and giving them additional resources, the House has also cracked down on the horrific crime of human trafficking and strengthened the state's Border Prosecution Unit, which provides assistance to district attorneys in South Texas who are working to prosecute border-related crimes.

Joe Straus is running in the Republican primary for another two years in House District 121, which includes parts of northern San Antonio and the communities of Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills and Olmos Park.