TX Ag Commissioner Declares War on the Border

"Lately it seems that Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples would rather have the Texas Department of Agriculture become a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense than a Texas state agency. Not long ago, Staples commissioned an $80,000 “strategic military assessment” of the Texas...

Texas border fence upends Rio Grande farmer's life

"One of the obvious advantages of living within a gated community is the sense of security. But what if you live on the wrong side of the gate? Consider the plight of Tim Loop, 47, who lives on his family farm in Brownsville, at the southernmost point along the United States-Mexico border...

Americans struggle to live in America...on the 'Mexican side' of border fence

"Some Texans, like Taylor, live completely on the other side of the $6.2 million-a-mile wall. Others had their property split in half by the fence, after the government seized portions of their land. At least 200 people in Cameron County had some of their land seized for the fence."...

From 'boots on the ground' to guns on the water: Armored Gun Boats on the Rio Grande

"In early December, the Texas Department of Public Safety unveiled its new armored gun boats. The fact that DPS now has a tactical marine unit received scant news coverage. There was also little mention that each boat is equipped with anwhere from four to six machine guns. That’s right...

Who Is Securing the Texas Border? How Private Contractors Mislead the Public, Then Get Rich Off Taxpayer Money

"It would be hard to exaggerate the degree to which Governor Perry and DPS Chief McCraw have outsourced state border-security, homeland-security, and public-safety programs to Washington Beltway contractors." - Tom Barry, Mar. 12, 2012 .

Perry, Texas DPS Outsource $20M in No-Bid Border Contracts to Beltway Consultants

"[Austin American-Statesman] Investigative reporter Jeremy Schwartz spent more than three months reviewing thousands of pages of contracts, program status reports and internal Department of Safety Public documents that were the result of multiple open records requests." Here's the...

At the Texas Border, Death Rained from the Sky

The Guatemalan migrants who tried to make it to America last week no doubt expected trouble along the way, but I'm guessing they could not, in their wildest nightmares, have imagined being gunned down from the skies by a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter . Two immigrants dead, a third...

FBI to Review Texas 'Rain of Death' Shooting; DPS Chase Stats Appalling

"The Texas DPS chief on Friday asked federal agents to review the deaths of two Guatemalan immigrants, killed last week when a state trooper opened fire on a smuggling vehicle near La Joya. The Texas Rangers will hand over their investigation to federal agents upon completion, according to Texas...

Remember When the Mexicans Tried to Block Illegal Anglo Immigration into Texas? Didn't Think So...

"The undocumented immigrants had crossed the river in defiance of the law, then escaped capture by sneaking past armed patrols in the dark. They did not have the required paperwork and were ordered to leave, but the authorities suspected the immigrants would probably defy them. It is a scenario...

South Texas Overtaking Arizona as Place Where More Border Crossers Die

"The new scrutiny of South Texas by a civil-rights group focused on identifying bodies underscores a geographical shift: Texas is overtaking Arizona in migrant deaths. An accurate count is hard to gather because state, federal and local agencies keep separate records, with some remains being counted...

The 'Killing Fields' of Brooks County, Texas

"[I]mmigrants are shifting their migration routes away from the well-worn paths into Arizona and instead crossing into deep southern Texas. The changing patterns have put an extra burden on local governments with limited experience in such matters and even fewer financial resources. ... ranch manager...

The 'Killing Fields' of Brooks County, Texas

"[I]mmigrants are shifting their migration routes away from the well-worn paths into Arizona and instead crossing into deep southern Texas. The changing patterns have put an extra burden on local governments with limited experience in such matters and even fewer financial resources. ... ranch manager...

Texas Border County, Feds in Feud Over Security Costs

"Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine. And if Cameron County and U.S. Customs and Border Protection remain at an impasse...

Texas Border County, Feds in Feud Over Security Costs

"Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas’ robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine. And if Cameron County and U.S. Customs and Border Protection remain at an impasse...

Texas Rancher Threatens to 'Get Kinda Western' on DHS over Border Fence

"The 18-foot-high border fence intended to seal the U.S.-Mexican border from San Diego to Brownsville will soon close a half-mile gap just west of Downtown El Paso. The new section will run right through the spot where many historians believe Spanish explorer Don Juan de Oñate crossed the...

Border Lawman Tells Texas Politicians to ‘Shut Up’ About the Border

"Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, who’s held his post for 14 years, is the chief law enforcement officer in Brewster County, the largest in the state—five times the size of Rhode Island, three times the size of Delaware and 500 square miles larger than Connecticut. It also has the...

Texas Border Safe; Perry's Call for More Troopers, Guardsmen Debunked

"McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez testified that an increase in crime has not accompanied the wave of Central American immigrants. "As far as I can tell, our community has not been impacted in any way from a criminal activity standpoint," Rodriguez said. Which begs the question: If...

Texas Border Officials, Residents Say National Guard Surge 'Pointless'

"Self- described conservative Jesus Cantu sees his family home, buffered by a wooden fence and high barbed wire, as ground zero of the Texas border battles. But unlike his fellow conservative, Gov. Rick Perry, he doesn't believe it's a battle the National Guard can fight. Cantu's doubts...

Texas Wins Border Game, Moves Goalposts

"Gov. Rick Perry's surge of law enforcement officers on the southern border recently met the most specific goal publicly set by its commander, a development that has received so little attention that critics say it calls into question the true aim of the deployment. Col. Steve McCraw, director...

Texas Border Vigilantes 'An Accident Waiting to Happen'

"Two weeks ago, Maria Cordero and her family noticed they had new neighbors near their home outside Brownsville: A group of heavily armed men, wearing military fatigues, had set up a campsite on a nearby property. “We don’t know who they are,” Cordero told me. “Do they have...

A Texas Border Militiaman Reconsiders The Mission

"For three years, Gilbert devoted almost all of his free time to chasing down undocumented immigrants in South Texas, a weekend warrior with a call of duty to secure the border. But Gilbert saw something in the brush that he hadn’t expected—ordinary human beings struggling, surviving...

Roving Stop Suppression Victory in Texas: USA v. Canales-Rosales

"A traffic stop that snared a human smuggler was illegal because it was more than 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, a federal judge ruled ." - CNS, Nov. 17, 2014 .