Border Security

Mexican Consulate

Mexican Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, based in Austin, says anti-immigration rhetoric in the presidential campaign is demeaning, and Texas’ deployment of additional state troopers along its southern border has caused concern.

The Mexican diplomat recently sat down with Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler to talk about why Texas in particular should be concerned about strained US-Mexico relations.

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Despite an increased budget request in border spending, Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said security along the Texas-Mexico border is only expected to worsen. His statements were part of a special House committee meeting that took place this week in Brownsville.

At a panel discussion hosted by the Texas Tribune Wednesday, state lawmakers sounded off on issues that are likely to come up in the 2017 legislative session—among them: border security.

Last month, the Texas Department of Public Safety requested $1.1 billion for border security over the next two years. Last budget, DPS received $800 million, and State Senator Jose Menendez isn’t sure it’s been well spent.

Texas DPS

As part of the state’s ongoing border security operations, the Department of Public Safety plans to ask the legislature in 2017 for $1 billion.  It is a budget request that has some South Texas lawmakers still asking if the state’s efforts are effective and where is the money being spent?


   The package calls for $200-million more than what the legislature budgeted in 2015, making their 2017 request the largest amount of money ever to be requested for the state’s ongoing efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

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The Department of Public Safety has added 51 new state troopers to its growing list of officers stationed along the border and of the recent DPS cadet graduating class, two are a husband and wife team from the Rio Grande Valley.

Maira and Enrico Salinas are originally from Edinburg.  Less than a year ago Enrico lost his job in the oil field.  At that time neither one of them thought they would be walking across a stage in Austin to become state troopers, let alone, together.