In Houston Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an $800 million border security bill into law.

Abbott made border security an emergency item, fast-tracking proposals on it through the GOP controlled legislature.

It should accelerate the hiring of two hundred and fifty additional state troopers who will patrol the border, replacing National Guard troops deployed there last summer by former governor, Rick Perry.

Abbott signed the law during a ceremony at the department of public safety’s regional headquarters in Houston.

The governor also signed bills establishing a child sex trafficking prevention unit, toughening punishments for convicted human traffickers and increasing state funding for a border prosecution unit.