As I see it, law enforcement at the local level in Texas is the responsibility of the local police chief. Because of limited resources, local law enforcement officers must prioritize law enforcement. Sometimes illegal immigration is a lesser priority than prostitution or drug law enforcement. Or another police chief from a different part of Texas thinks illegal immigration is the number one priority in his jurisdiction. This is how it should be. Local police chiefs know what is best for their community. And somebody has to make decisions. Overall, they work to ensure the safety of citizens and create a place where families can flourish.
Uniformed cops, which I understand are the majority of police officers, are the officers who show up when there’s an emergency. Maybe somebody has collapsed from the heat and needs help. Or a bar patron raises a ruckus in a bar. Or an arguing couple have taken their argument to the street, which has caused neighbors to complain. The stuff police do at the local level is meaningful because the police officers’ actions reflect the community’s concern. It is done right.
Because of budget constraints, local police must choose between instances when the law is broken, and prosecute crimes that seem the most offensive. They do a good job, and I feel safe because of them.