Tag Archives: Homeland Security

Risk of terrorists crossing U.S. border into Texas is real — but low

The number of illegal border crossers from far flung places— including countries deemed sponsors of terrorism — has been increasing, but they remain a small fraction of total border apprehensions. In border enforcement parlance, they’re known as “exotics:” distinct from the … Continue reading

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Presidio County Sheriff Says He’ll Never Sign Conflict of Interest Policy

Ever since Presidio County adopted a new “conflict of interest” policy late last year, Sheriff Danny Dominguez has refused to get on board with it. County Judge Cinderela Guevara is worried that could lead to the county losing critical law enforcement … Continue reading

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Privatized Immigration Detention Centers to be Focus of Federal Review

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday called for a review of its current policy of detaining undocumented immigrants in private, for-profit facilities — several of which are in Texas. The announcement comes after the U.S. Department of Justice called for … Continue reading

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At ‘Checkpoint Of The Stars,’ Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases

The lawman says local taxpayers should not pay to house prisoners arrested for pot possession at the Sierra Blanca border checkpoint. “I’m not gonna do the federal government’s job,” he says.

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Lines in the Land: A Pesky Plant on the Rio Grande Attracts Federal Attention

As the dividing line between Mexico and the United States, the Rio Grande has been a stage for contentious geopolitics. But for many years, the river has also had a turbulent ecological history. One persistent concern for scientists who study … Continue reading

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DHS Employees Prepare For Possible Shut Down

PHOENIX – The president’s plan to use executive action to help an additional 4 million or so unauthorized immigrants get work permits has its share of opponents. Among its critics is the union representing some 18,000 Border Patrol agents, the … Continue reading

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Border Agents Would Work through a Homeland Security Shutdown

As the showdown in Washington over funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gets closer to a Friday deadline, two lawmakers in Virginia are pushing a last-minute bill that would guarantee that border agents and other homeland security employees receive … Continue reading

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Border Patrol Says Agents Acted Properly At Marfa Checkpoint After Presidio County Woman Alleges Mistreatment

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to Jennifer Weaver as an Arizona resident. Weaver in fact lives in Presidio County, Texas. The newspaper covering her allegations of mistreatment is an Arizona publication. We regret the error. A high school … Continue reading

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Border Drones: CBP Rejects Negative Audit As Congress Debates Funding Bill

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, an independent auditor, has issued a critical report on unmanned aircraft, or drones, that patrol the country’s borders, principally with Mexico. Border missions fly out of Sierra Vista, Arizona, headquarters of the U.S. … Continue reading

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With Claims of ISIS at the Border, a Shift in Border Politics

This year’s surge of Central American migrants across the southern border has put border security back at the forefront of national politics. But with the number of migrant crossings on the decline, and the US stepping up its offensive against … Continue reading

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