Safety & Security
The primary role of government is to keep its citizens safe and secure.
We are reforming the state's child protective system. We’re adding more workers with better training, smarter strategies and real accountability to safeguard our children. We will also remain vigilant in protecting parental rights.
Safeguarding Students from Sexual Abuse
Texas schools are filled with some of the best teachers in the country, but unfortunately a small number of them have abused their position. Teachers who assault students will lose their license to teach. We will impose jail time and also penalize administrators who turn a blind eye to such abuse.
We are establishing higher standards that reflect respect for the sanctity of life. The butchering of unborn babies for trade on the open market is barbaric. We are criminalizing the sale or donation of baby body parts, while advancing adoption services and supporting mothers who embrace the blessing of a child’s life.
Sanctuary Cities Ban
In the 2017 legislative session, Greg Abbott signed a law that eliminates sanctuary cities in Texas. Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey. There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law.
We support legal immigration – it’s what built America. But illegal immigration, and the criminals who conspire with the cartels, must be stopped. Texas is taking action to secure our border.
Police Protection Act
Texas will not tolerate attacks on our law enforcement officers. We are increasing penalties and making it a hate crime to target peace officers simply because of the uniform they wear.
Governor Greg Abbott today signed several bills that will reform Texas’ foster care system and Child Protective Services (CPS).
Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 7 (SB 7), which aims to crack down on inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will provide $547,000 in funding to emergency shelters and residential facilities for support services to help reduce the number of high-needs children in foster care currently without placements.
One month after announcing a violent crime reduction operation in Houston, Texas to combat the alarming rise in violent crime and gang-related activity in Harris County, Governor Greg Abbott today announced that in the last four weeks, more than 450 arrests have already been made.
Following an op-ed over the weekend in the San Antonio Express-News by Governor Greg Abbott, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. Eddie Guerra and McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez that discussed Senate Bill 4 – the sanctuary city ban – 23 more law enforcement officials from south Texas today lent their name in support of the op-ed.
“Sermon Safeguard Bill,” will prevent Texas state and local governments from issuing a subpoena for religious sermons, and protects religious leaders from being compelled to testify regarding their sermons.
The Texas Governor’s Mansion will be lit blue on Wednesday evening as part of the continued commemoration of National Police Week.
Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) memorial service honoring fallen peace officers.
Governor Greg Abbott today signed legislation banning sanctuary cities in the state of Texas.
Governor Abbott Increases Readiness Of State Operations Center As Severe Weather Is Set To Impact Te
Governor Greg Abbott today elevated the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to Level 3 (Increased Readiness) activation as heavy rain and potential flash flooding is set to impact various parts of Texas.