'Secure' Texas border still elusive year into $800M mission

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A Texas official overseeing an historic $800 million border security spending plan says nowhere along the state's 1,200-mile border with Mexico is secure nearly a year after the money was approved.

Texas leaders have faced criticism in recent years for vaguely defining what constitutes a secure border while embarking on costly missions in pursuit of that goal.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw defended the spending Tuesday at the Texas Capitol and offered lawmakers a new chart with proposed security benchmarks. He says several counties remain "clearly at the unsecured level" but the high-traffic counties of Hidalgo and Starr have reached "operational control."

McCraw says one goal of putting an extra 250 troopers on the border is almost complete.