Tribpedia: Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition

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The Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition is a non-profit organization of Texas border sheriffs started in 2005 by then El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego to represent the issues of rural law enforcement agencies.

The organization, composed of 20 Texas border county sheriffs departments, distributes state and federal grant funds for border security operations.

Sheriffs in the group often testify before ...

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/29/10

M. Smith and Butrymowicz of the Hechinger Institute on charter schools and public schools making nice in the Valley, Ramsey's interview with House Speaker candidate Ken Paxton and column on the coming budget carnage, Hu on the Legislature's disappearing white Democratic women, Grissom on the sheriff who busted Willie Nelson, Hamilton talks higher ed accountability with the chair of the Governor's Business Council, Aguilar on the arrest of a cartel kingpin, Ramshaw on the explosive growth in the number of adult Texans with diabetes, Philpott on state incentive funding under fire and Galbraith on the greening of Houston: The best of our best from November 29 to December 3, 2010.

Screen grab from Bill White's "Border" television spot.
Screen grab from Bill White's "Border" television spot.

Bill White TV Ad: "Border"

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White promises 1,000 more security officers on the Texas-Mexico border in his latest TV spot, appropriately titled "Border."

Perry, U.S. Border Congressmen Dispute Funding

Five members of the U.S. House are lashing out at Gov. Rick Perry for what they say is his refusal to allocate more of the federal funding that moves through his office to the border. Perry claims his hands are tied and insists the congressmen need to check their math. While the back and forth continues, residents of the border fear for their lives.

Brownsville, TX. Bridge No 1 to Matamoros.
Brownsville, TX. Bridge No 1 to Matamoros.

Current Immigration Debate Mirrors 2006

Just as in 2006, some Democrats are clamoring for immigration reforms, including easing pathways to citizenship, while Republicans are insisting more border security must come first. Policy experts, meanwhile, say the outcome this year will likely be the same as back then: nothing.

Security camera towers loom over the Rio Grande River.
Security camera towers loom over the Rio Grande River.

DPS Plans to Use Stimulus for Border Security

The Department of Public Safety, which is struggling financially, is planning to use $16 million of the federal stimulus dollars that Gov. Rick Perry begrudgingly accepted to plug a hole in the border security budget. The decision follows a mandate by Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus that state agencies cut 5 percent out of their budgets to meet an anticipated shortfall.