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New in TribTalk: Dragsbaek on the Border; Heflin on the Budget

Children and teens play in the courtyard of the facility they are currently being housed  in at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd, 2014. The facility is currently holding hundreds of minors who have crossed Texas-Mexico border unaccompanied.
Children and teens play in the courtyard of the facility they are currently being housed in at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd, 2014. The facility is currently holding hundreds of minors who have crossed Texas-Mexico border unaccompanied.

Anna C. Dragsbaek writes that Texans have nothing to fear from the migrant children crossing the border, and Talmadge Heflin lays out what a conservative budget for Texas will look like next year.

New in TribTalk: Krause on the Border Crisis

A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. CPB provided media tours Tuesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.

After letting the crisis on the border fester for over a month, Washington is still barely doing anything to stem the tide of migrant children entering our country, forcing Texas to act on its own, writes state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth.

New in TribTalk: Kennedy on Transportation

Traffic on I-30 on the eastern side of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on June 6. This stretch of highway has become known for bad rush-hour traffic, which is expected to worsen as the area population grows. A proposed private tollway running between Greenville and Wylie looks to relieve that congestion.
Traffic on I-30 on the eastern side of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on June 6. This stretch of highway has become known for bad rush-hour traffic, which is expected to worsen as the area population grows. A proposed private tollway running between Greenville and Wylie looks to relieve that congestion.

Funding for our state’s congested roads is running on empty — and maybe that’s a good thing, writes Dallas urban designer Patrick Kennedy. It's time, he says, to start changing how we think about transportation infrastructure in Texas.