In 2015, Rep. Burns was one of the co-authors of House Bill 11 which funded an $840 million border security plan, dramatically increased the number of D.P.S. officers stationed along the border, created an information center to analyze data in real-time to provide state and local law enforcement agencies with the intelligence they need, and it created a volunteer corps of retired state troopers to reinforce our existing resources. The bill also increases the penalties for those caught smuggling people across the border and establishes checkpoints heading into Mexico to search for weapons and drugs.
In 2017, he co-sponsored Senate Bill 4 which bans sanctuary cities in Texas and stops a local governmental body or police department from implementing policies that stop enforcement of immigration law. There are also 250 new D.P.S. troopers being hired to expand operations along the border.