What to know: Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration in response to the border crisis.

The TPPF take: TPPF’s John Hostettler traveled to the border with the TPPF-led Border Security Coalition last week to see the crisis first-hand.

“Like many border communities, Del Rio is on the front lines of a crisis that continues to spiral out of control as unprecedented numbers of migrants cross into the country illegally,” he said. “The citizens of communities like Del Rio are bearing the brunt of the immediate consequences of this disaster, as Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement are overwhelmed and receive little help from Washington.”

To view a recent video documenting another trip, click here.

It’s a Beautiful Tale

What to know: The Texan (thetexan.news) tells the story of how a corporate welfare scheme was ended by the recently concluded Legislature.

The TPPF take: These tax breaks for corporation, called Chapter 313 agreements, were costly and unnecessary.

“The strong bipartisan support for ending Chapter 313 is one of the most encouraging developments of this session,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “I look forward to welcoming to the table more people and industries to pursue property tax relief to the benefit of all Texans.”

For more on Chapter 313, click here.

Policing in Crisis

What to know: A former Detroit police chief says policing is a “profession in crisis.”

The TPPF take: Do we really need to ask why this is happening?

“The toxic environment swirling around the ‘defund the police’ movement is the real reason that recruiting and retention are suffering,” says TPPF’s Randy Petersen. “The political officials the police work for in many cities are often antagonistic, sometimes outright hostile, to their police departments. The media is giddy about fostering the perfect climate for more riots, willingly providing false narratives about police shootings to further their political agenda.”

For more on policing, click here.