Texas GOP Delegation Focused on Border Security

For Donald Trump, immigration and border security are cornerstones of his campaign. That's not lost on Texas Republican delegates, including U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Rockwall, a member of the powerful U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.

"Border security is something that made Donald Trump our nominee," said Congressman Ratcliffe.

It is a focus of the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. While there is division around the candidate, there seems to be agreement that security should top any presidential primary list.

"If we can smuggle drugs across the border every single day, don't you think we are able to smuggle people across? People who have bad intentions for this country?" said Dallas delegate Henry Childs.

Over and over, Trump has said he will build a wall along the border. The Republicans have approved a platform that has language in it for that for the first time. U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville and Flower Mound, is in favor of that.

But the idea has divided some Republicans and angered some Latinos. NBC 5 asked Adryana Boyle, a Republican analyst and Dallas delegate, her thoughts on the wall being included in the platform.

"Well as a matter of fact what I can tell you right now, there are going to be some issues. They are going to have to work with the Mexican people," said Boyle.

Boyle would like to focus improving the immigration system. But many delegates say the wall is something Texas needs.

"What we have done has not worked. Make some changes," said Plano delegate Jody Rushton.

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