border issues

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During the hearing on border security a number of people testified about their experiences on the border and their stories varied widely enough to make one wonder if they were all talking about the same Texas Mexico border.

Michael Seifert was one of the many witnesses and he gave testimony about his concerns of the growing militarization of the border. Seifert is a community activist and a longtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

State lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security seem to be committed to “more boots on ground” when comes to the state-led border security operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw told lawmakers that since the surge began they have been able to decrease the amount of crime happening at the border by 56%. But he said at some point he would like DPS to get out of the border business.

David Martin Davies / TPR News

A lot has been said about the humanitarian crisis on the border, and a lot of it has been false. 

Kids fleeing the violence of their home countries numbering over 57,000 in the past 10 months have sparked a national conversation about the country's immigration system. Teasing truth from fiction is the only way to have a meaningful understanding of what is happening to our south.

We explore some of the big claims that have proved false thus far:

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps.

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Mayors from three communities on the Texas border are calling on Congress to pass some type of spending bill to help care for the influx of women and children coming from Central America.

The mayors from McAllen, Edinburg and Brownsville are calling for fewer troops and more compassion.

Mayor Richard Garcia of Edinburg said his city has not seen an increase in crime related to the influx in border crossings.

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