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Texas Lawmakers Criticize Border Surge For Moving Crime but Not Stopping It

The assessment by Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw came during a House Homeland Security and Public Safety meeting in Brownsville, where Democrats hammered away at the DPS chief and questioned whether the buildup is successful is if … Continue reading

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DPS Border Surge Saps Officers from Rest of Texas

The Texas Department of Public Safety is making security and staffing improvements on the state’s border with Mexico. But other parts of Texas will continue to feel a public-safety void while the agency continues pouring resources near the Rio Grande, … 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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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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House Sends Border Security Bill to Governor

After a months-long staring contest between the House and the Senate, the lower chamber gave a sweeping border security bill a final blessing Thursday. State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, agreed to accept changes the Senate made to his House Bill … Continue reading

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Border Security Bill Passes Senate

This story has been updated to reflect the bill’s final passage on third reading. An expansive border security bill declared a priority by Gov. Greg Abbott was passed Tuesday by the Texas Senate. The vote marked the end of a months-long disagreement between … Continue reading

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Investigation into Prison Bus Wreck Could Take More than a Year

Update Wednesday, January 21: The lone surviving prison guard in the prison bus wreck – Jason Self – continues to receive treatment at a hospital in Lubbock, after having recently undergone surgery. Meanwhile, two of the surviving prisoners have been discharged from … Continue reading

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On-The-Scene of the Prison Bus-Railroad Crash near Odessa

In West Texas on Wednesday, a bus carrying prisoners skidded off Interstate 20 and plunged over a bridge, crashing onto a passing train below, splitting open a UPS cargo container. 10 people on the bus were killed instantly: eight prisoners and … Continue reading

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Dewhurst Asks for Price Tag to Expand Border Operations

Months after Texas beefed up its border security presence in the Rio Grande Valley and deployed the Texas National Guard there in response to a record increase in illegal crossings, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants to know what it would cost to expand … Continue reading

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How Would Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Secure The Border?

This is the second in a week-long series of coordinated reports from KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and KXAS-TV (NBC 5). Five Days in October looks at where the leading candidates for governor stand on certain issues.  Today, we look at border security and … Continue reading

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