Border Security

For those who lawfully want to enter the United States the first question is about obtaining a visa – but for many getting one is virtually impossible. That is the heart of the problem for the U.S. immigration system according to a report released this week by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The paper titled “The Inefficient U.S. Immigration System: A Texas Perspective” examines the breakdowns with the U.S. immigration system and recommends state based solutions.

Katherine Fidler is the author of the report.

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Ryan Poppe

In 2015, Texas lawmakers approved a historic spending package aimed at beefing up law enforcement’s presence along the Texas-Mexico border. Part of the money was supposed to help local border sheriffs hire additional deputies so they could be involved, but so far that isn’t happening.

 


U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  The terrorist attacks on 9-11 dramatically changed the U.S. Mexico border. The border was hardened and crossing became a burdensome process. There are concerns that with this latest wave of international terror attacks that the border will again undergo a metamorphosis that will make travel more difficult and further cut off the cross cultural flow across the Rio Grande. Already there are calls from politicians for more security – a bigger wall – and a stronger military style presence to protect America.

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Governors Ban Resettling Syrian Refugees

After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and a few dozen other Republican governors say they’re banning Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.  

The call to block Syrian refugees is being questioned. Some experts don't believe the governors' have the legal authority to do it. More from Houston Public Media's Syeeda Hasan. 

Ryan E. Poppe

 

Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law a handful of bills that provide record-level spending on a state-led effort to provide more security along the Texas-Mexico border.  

 

The bills were deemed emergency items by the Governor at the start of the session but were some of the last pieces of legislation to be sent to his desk because of disagreements between the House and Senate.  One bill Governor Abbott signed into law allows the state to hire 250 additional DPS troopers, and send those stationed along the border since last summer back to their home counties.

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