Border Security

Border & Immigration
1:11 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Where Will Money Come From To Fund The Texas Border Security Operation?

David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas lawmakers in charge of putting together the state’s budget for the upcoming session are searching for additional funding for the state-led, multi-million dollar border security operation. Lawmakers are also looking at how to replace money already spent for that effort.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s activation of the National Guard has prompted members of the Texas Senate Committee on Finance to review the money already spent to begin the guard’s training. 

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Border & Immigration
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Perry Tours National Guard Camp For Troops Headed To Border

Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed Texas National Guard troops at Camp Swift, where they are preparing for their deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. Perry said the federal government's neglect to enact border security has caused the state of Texas to take action.

Perry told the troops that the mission of Operation Strong Safety was to be that visible presence that deters criminal activity.

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Texas Matters
2:23 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Border Residents Concerned With Militarization, Refute Notion Of "Open Border"

A U.S. Border Patrol watch tower overlooking the entrance of the Anzaldua's County Park near Mission, Texas.
David Martin Davies TPR News

During the hearing on border security a number of people testified about their experiences on the border and their stories varied widely enough to make one wonder if they were all talking about the same Texas Mexico border.

Michael Seifert was one of the many witnesses and he gave testimony about his concerns of the growing militarization of the border. Seifert is a community activist and a longtime resident of the Rio Grande Valley.

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Border & Immigration
1:02 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Texas Lawmaker Accusing Gov. Perry Of Financial Overreach For National Guard Border Surge

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

According to the state’s Legislative Budge Board, Gov. Rick Perry used money in a Department of Public Safety infrastructure fund to kick off the Texas National Guard’s operations and training for the state-led border surge operation, but did not inform the LBB or the Legislature. 

Officials with the governor’s office say they were able to use an emergency rider to redirect $38 million from the DPS account.  

But state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said the situation at the border is no longer an emergency.

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Border & Immigration
10:26 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Texas Moving Forward With Border Troop Surge

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

State lawmakers on the Texas House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security seem to be committed to “more boots on ground” when comes to the state-led border security operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw told lawmakers that since the surge began they have been able to decrease the amount of crime happening at the border by 56%. But he said at some point he would like DPS to get out of the border business.

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The Source - August 8, 2014
10:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The Source: Getting Our Border Facts Straight

David Martin Davies TPR News

A lot has been said about the humanitarian crisis on the border, and a lot of it has been false. 

Kids fleeing the violence of their home countries numbering over 57,000 in the past 10 months have sparked a national conversation about the country's immigration system. Teasing truth from fiction is the only way to have a meaningful understanding of what is happening to our south.

We explore some of the big claims that have proved false thus far:

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Border & Immigration
11:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:22 am

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps.

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Border Security
4:26 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Lawmakers Question Cost Effectiveness Of DPS, Texas National Guard Border Surge

DPS Director Col. Steve McCraw (at far end of table, speaking) addresses the select committee.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Texas lawmakers are questioning the heads of state agencies about the overall cost analysis related to the influx of border crossings. The legislative committee is charged with determining the short-term and potential long-term financial impact that could cost taxpayers $17 million per month.

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The Source - July 24, 2014
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

The Source: Are Soldiers The Answer To Border Issues?

Credit Michel Marizco / Fronteras

Monday Gov. Rick Perry announced his intention to send up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border to assist with the surge in illegal migration.

Much attention has been paid to the Rio Grande Valley as a result of the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors that have crossed the border in the past nine months. 

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Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

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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