Texas lawmakers are questioning the heads of state agencies about the overall cost analysis related to the influx of border crossings. The legislative committee is charged with determining the short-term and potential long-term financial impact that could cost taxpayers $17 million per month.
Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 10:26 am
Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.
The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. The GOP-led House may act on just a fraction of that request, setting up a clash with the Democratic-led Senate.
Texas Matters: As Congress comes up on summer break there is still no solid solution in place for what to do with the unaccompanied minors coming into Texas. There are several plans up for proposal but even Texas Democrats disagree with each other. Also on this show: According to one report, the number of abortions in Texas has dropped since last year's passage of a new abortion law.
Congress running out of time for border/immigration solution
State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.
Fronteras: The USDA has lifted a ban on inspectors working in Mexico, which could invigorate a cattle trade that has been hurt in both countries. We look at how one border city provides a model for solar power in Texas. State health officials have alerted the CDC about conditions in border facilities where thousands of Central American minors are being detained. Commentator Yvette Benavides takes us inside an immigration court room in San Antonio where these children and teens are making their cases.
Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:47 pm
There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks from both parties in Washington about the politics of immigration. It’s been called both an invasion and a humanitarian crisis, and the two sides differ on what to do about the 57,000 children who have crossed the border.
NPR’s John Burnett has been talking to these children and he joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti from Los Angeles to share their stories.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the total bill for state-provided border security could run upwards of $50 million. Abbott is gathering this information for a federal lawsuit to recoup those expenses.
Abbott said $50 million is an early estimate that his office is using to weigh a possible legal challenge against the Obama administration should the president refuse to reimburse Texas.
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De Putte has rolled out a new online ad praising the Texas Department of Public Safety’s efforts along the border.
While ad talks about the efforts by the DPS to keep this surge of immigrant children safe, it also points to the difference between her response to the situation and Dan Patrick's, her opponent in the lieutenant governor race.
Texas Matters: A Texas militia group takes border security into their own hands. Also on this show: Bill Powers out at University of Texas, Phil Collins on why he loves the Alamo.
Members of a militia group have issued an action alert and have gathered south of San Antonio for what they call Operation Secure our Border. The commander of the militia group is 37-year-old Chris Davis. This interview was recorded on July 3.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, urging the president and congress to take more diplomatic efforts to stop the surge of accompanied minors coming into the state and send the National Guard to the border.
Perry told members of the committee that the federal government has not tried to put any type of pressure on Mexico in order to stop the flow of accompanied children entering Texas every day.