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Texas Border Protection Officer Accused Of Smuggling Immigrants Into US

A U.S. customs officer on trial this week in El Paso is accused of smuggling people into the country illegally, including immigrants who had been deported. On Tuesday, witnesses said Lawrence Madrid, a supervisory officer with U.S. Customs and Border … Continue reading

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Border Patrol Makes Large Pot Bust South of Alpine

Border Patrol agents made a 1,146 lb. marijuana bust at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint south of Alpine on Highway 118 on Monday. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the bust happened around 5 PM Monday. According to CBP, a man … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Scheduled To Consider Hearing Border Patrol Shooting Lawsuit

The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Friday whether it will hear a case about a Border Patrol shooting in which an agent killed a teenaged boy who was standing in Mexico. The high court will decide whether … Continue reading

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U.S.-Mexico Raid Nets Alleged Cartel Members

The U.S. government says its agents and Mexican federal police worked together to arrest at least 22 alleged members of the drug cartel headed by Chapo Guzman. The government has confirmed some of the details of a rare, publicly acknowledged, joint U.S.-Mexico operation with … Continue reading

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Sheriffs Want a Bigger Share of Texas Border Security Funding

There’s been a recent uptick in the number of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the Texas border illegally. In December, Governor Greg Abbott said he was responding by sending more state troopers to the border and keeping the state national … Continue reading

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Life Sentence Cut for Texas Sheriff Who Once Symbolized “War on Drugs”

The life sentence of former Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson for a federal drug trafficking conviction has been reduced to 30 years. The iconic lawman was once a symbol of the “War on Drugs.” In the predawn hours of Dec. 3, … Continue reading

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‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Escapes From Authorities, But Suffers Injuries

Joaquín Guzmán became Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker after he escaped from a maximum-security prison. Authorities said they had found Guzmán but he escaped again.

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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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Governor Abbott Signs Border Security Bill

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 11, the new border security bill recently passed by state lawmakers. The nearly $310 million bill paves the way for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to hire an additional 250 … Continue reading

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Lines in the Land: Unique Border Security Challenges in Far West Texas

This week, we’ve been taking a look at the lines – visible and invisible – that define life here in West Texas. We’ve looked at everything from generational, physical and geo-political lines, to fence lines. To close out our series, we turn to … Continue reading

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