Federal Inaction on Budget Could Weaken Security, Trade

The same week Texas Democrats touted the results of a government study that shows border communities are safe, a federal stalemate could shrink the law enforcement build-up that helped make those results possible.

On Friday, the first phase of sequestration — the automatic budget cuts that could total as much as $1.2 trillion over 10 years — will take effect if Congress fails to reach agreement on how to curb federal spending. 

Border officials warned lawmakers that sweeping cuts to the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection could significantly alter the economics and security of the region ...

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