border issues

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.

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.

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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.

Who watches the militiamen?

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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.

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