You can adopt a rescue hive, that will then be hived in the Austin area. Rescue hives often have excellent genetics, so housing these bees and saving them helps beekeepers build up disease-resistant bee stock.
The USA allows the importation of bees from Canada and New Zealand. There is a considerable amount of paperwork involved. You can also sometimes get a permit to allow the importation of bees from other countries.
For industrial farming, we really need honeybees – for preserving wild species of flowers, we also need the other bees. Hence we need to encourage honeybees for our food production, and wild bees to keep the ecosystem going.