Border Security

Texas Border Surge
10:22 am
Fri December 5, 2014

House Panel Focuses On Measured Success With State-led Border Operations

A House select committee, responsible for studying the fiscal impact of Texas’ border security operations, received an update from the head of the Department of Public Safety on Operation Strong Safety. The DPS, with the help of the legislature, is attempting to iron out a system aimed at measuring their effectiveness in the Rio Grande Valley.

According to the director of the DPS, Col. Steve McCraw, the Rio Grande Valley is now the epicenter of drug and human trafficking in the nation.

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Immigration Executive Order
9:24 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Perry Orders All State Agencies Use E-Verify System

Governor Rick Perry with Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

In response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, Rick Perry has issued his own executive action, requiring that all state agencies verify the immigration status of all employees working for the state through private contractors.

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Around the Nation
4:27 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Do More Boots On The Border Equal Security?

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:22 pm

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When President Obama announced sweeping changes to the immigration system, this was the first thing on his list.


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Texas Matters
5:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Is ISIS Crossing The Texas-Mexico Border?

A screen grab from an ISIS recruiting video
Credit NBC news

As the United States engages the terrorist organization ISIS or ISIL in Iraq and Syria, there are people here sounding the alarm that the Texas Mexico border is being crossed by members of the Islamic State seeking to harm to Americans.

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was on Fox News this week (video below) saying that he believes that members of ISIS have already crossed the border.

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2:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Families Losing Hope For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump Site

The site known as "La Gallera" in Tijuana where Santiago Meza said he dissolved 60 bodies in lye, Aug. 22, 2014.
Jill Replogle

Fronteras: Nearly a quarter of Texas business owners are foreign born. Texas entrepreneurs want more high-skilled visas. The private space company XCOR recently broke ground at the Midland International Airport. Some hope this new industry will stabilize the region’s traditionally oil and gas-based boom-and-bust economy. Some family members of the missing in Mexico hoped to find answers at a gruesome body disposal site discovered in Tijuana several years ago. But hope is dwindling for DNA evidence at this site where bodies were dumped.

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Texas Matters
12:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tea Party Takes On Border Security

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Texas tea party leaders are calling on Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session of the Legislature to deal with security on the southern border. And declare that Texas is being invaded.

The group released what they call a guiding document for future political action that they say will address the threat to the nation’s economy, security and health caused by illegal immigration.  

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The Source - August 26, 214
6:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

The Source: Congressman Lamar Smith On The Border

Governor Perry's "Operation Strong Safety" saw its first troops hit the border this week. The troops were called up last month as a reaction to increasing numbers of migrants--most from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala--crossing the border. The operation was estimated to cost 12 million dollars per month, and the troops are arriving at what is historically a low time for migration due to extreme heat.

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2:26 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Camp Texas: Giving Kids A Lesson In Hunting Culture, And Patience

Camper Miguel Millan shot a pig shortly after nightfall on one of his last days at camp. He had missed a few hours earlier and was about to quit for the night.
Jim Tuttle News21

Fronteras: One of the busiest areas for the U.S. Border Patrol is the Rio Grande Valley sector. We speak to a border patrol agent from there about everything from Central American migrants, border security to armed militias complicating things on the Texas border. Also, we hear about a summer camp in Texas near College Station, where children learn how to hunt. Campers learn about safety and hunt animals on private exotic game ranches.

NCLR Says Medicaid Expansion Would Benefit Latinos, Economy

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Border Security
1:31 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Border Patrol Issues Law Enforcement Alert After Late-Night Incident With Texas Militia

Credit U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol remains on high alert, issuing a warning to all law enforcement agencies operating along the Rio Grande Valley after encountering a militia group hiding in the brush during the recent arrest of a group of migrants crossing the border.   

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Border & Immigration
2:49 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue

Pamela Taylor, who lives near Brownsville, Texas, calls the border fence there "useless."
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 9:36 am

When Congress thinks about border security, it often sees a big, imposing fence.

The federal government has spent $2.3 billion to build the fence — 649 miles of steel fencing, in sections, between the U.S. and Mexico, designed to help control the illegal movement of people and contraband.

It's called tactical infrastructure, and the Border Patrol says it works. But people on the lower Texas border have another name for it: a boondoggle.

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