border issues

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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