Border Coalition: Security Strategy Falling Short

After narcotics seizures surged 45 percent in 2010, the Laredo Customs District saw a relatively minimal increase in contraband that was intercepted at its ports in 2011.

Although the amount of methamphetamine and heroin seized by agents jumped, marijuana and undeclared cash remained steady while cocaine dipped. Inspectors credit the figures to an increased enforcement effort that has curbed the flow of drugs and other contraband.

But others aren't sure the federal government should applaud so loudly about the Laredo district figures, saying efforts on the whole are still lacking.

The Texas Border Coalition, a group of elected officials ...

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