(BREITBART) – The Texas Senate passed a resolution Tuesday afternoon calling the "crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an emergency." The resolution calls on Congress to take action and supports President Donald Trump's recent emergency declaration.
The resolution, authored by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), passed on a 19-12 party-line vote. Sens. Bettencourt, Birdwell, Buckingham, Campbell, Creighton, Fallon, Flores, Hall, Hancock, Huffman, Hughes, Kolkhorst, Nelson, Nichols, Paxton, Perry, Schwertner, Seliger, Taylor voted to pass the bill, according to official Texas Senate records obtained by Breitbart News. Senators Alvarado, Hinojosa, Johnson, Lucio, Menendez, Miles, Powell, Rodrıguez, Watson, West, Whitmire, Zaffirini voted no.
"I think that the resolution speaks to the fact that there is a crisis at the border. We have gone to a very good debate already about how we're recognizing the humanitarian, the sex trafficking, the vulnerable populations, et cetera, and, and the reality is that when you have an unprecedented number of crossings of 100,000 in the month of March of 2019," Senator Bettencourt said during debate on the Senate floor.
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