Tribpedia: Texas-Mexico Border

The Texas-Mexico border makes up 1,254 miles of the 1,900-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. 

The vast, mostly rural expanse stretches from El Paso in the West to Brownsville in the Southeast and is delineated by the Rio Grande River.

Border communities in Texas are some of the poorest regions of the state and the nation. If Texas border ...

Jury Still Out on Local Immigration Enforcement

Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011
Immigration protest at Texas Capitol. February 22nd, 2011

Wednesday’s court ruling that the city of Farmers Branch does not have the authority to enact immigration legislation is being hailed as a major victory for immigrants in Texas. But attorneys caution that the decision hardly means all state and local ordinances are dead on arrival. 

The bridge across the Rio Grande that connects Eagle Pass, Texas, to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Saturday, February 4, 2012.
The bridge across the Rio Grande that connects Eagle Pass, Texas, to Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Opponents in Border County Aim to Stop Coal Rail Plan

In the midst of an effort to stop a coal company that plans to mine land in Eagle Pass, a group of Maverick County residents is also looking to stop a planned rail line that would transport the coal to Mexico. But the company says the rail line is a solution to current congestion problems.

Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.
Dr. Javier Saenz with a patient, Elena Chavez, 73. Chavez is part of the 50 percent of patients Saenz sees who draw from both Medicare and Medicaid.

State Cuts Squeezing Elderly Poor and Their Doctors

After the state reduced its share of co-payments for Texans who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, doctors who treat such patients are seeing revenue disruptions. The new rules are poised to save the state $475 million. But the doctors treating dual-eligible patients worry whether the changes will put them out of business.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inside an elaborate cross-border drug smuggling tunnel discovered inside a warehouse near San Diego, CA.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inside an elaborate cross-border drug smuggling tunnel discovered inside a warehouse near San Diego, CA.

Bill Would Bolster Efforts to Stop Clandestine Tunnels

It is already illegal to finance, build and use an underground tunnel on U.S. land to secretly travel to and from Mexico. But U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, says he wants to close a loophole that allows the tunnels, often used by Mexican cartels, to flourish.

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

Texas DPS Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.

Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.
Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.

Plan to Train Mexican Officers is Slow to Start

A cross-border training program involving Texas peace officers and Mexican police has yet to get off the ground, a byproduct of election-year politics and fears of corruption south of the Rio Grande. But experts say that despite hurdles, U.S. authorities are still intent on helping their southern neighbor.

Groups Allege Proposed Budget Harms Trade, Immigrants

Immigrant rights groups and border business leaders are balking at the White House's proposed 2013 budget, claiming it is business as usual. The Texas Border Coalition insists that the administration's lack of money for port improvements puts trade and security in peril. And rights groups are taking issue with the Secure Communities program.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/16/12

Root on the end of Rick Perry's presidential campaign, Murphy on what happens to his campaign cash, Ramsey on his next act, Ramshaw, Aaronson, Murphy, Chang and Seger interactively chart the rise and fall of his run, Aguilar talks Juárez violence with a documentary filmmaker, Galbraith on the tug-of-war over surface water, Grissom and Murphy on three decades of capital punishment in Texas, Hamilton and Aaronson on our workforce needs in 2018 and Tan on the state's much-reduced list of women's health clinics: The best of our best content from January 16-20, 2012.

Perfume displayed in the window of one of Mr. Datta's stores in downtown Laredo, Saturday, November 5, 2011.
Perfume displayed in the window of one of Mr. Datta's stores in downtown Laredo, Saturday, November 5, 2011.

Laredo Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Aiding Cartels

A perfume seller who federal prosecutors said tried to "remove the stench of Mexican drug cartel money" was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for a money-laundering scheme. Datta, a 51-year-old Indian immigrant who lived in Laredo, maintains he was entrapped.

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 intercepted at its ports in 2011. But others aren't sure the federal government should applaud so loudly about the Laredo district figures, saying efforts on the whole are lacking. The Texas Border Coalition released a scathing report last week noting that the current strategy doesn’t hinder cartels from moving their products.

Charlie Minn: The TT Interview

The director of 8 Murders a Day, a documentary about the carnage in Ciudad Juárez, on what prompted him to relocate to the border to work on the project, his thoughts on Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s war against organized crime, and his response to the criticism the project has received.

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Guillarmo Amieva of Mexico City snaps a picture of Cowboys Stadium while on a tour from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Guillarmo Amieva of Mexico City snaps a picture of Cowboys Stadium while on a tour from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Slideshow: Mexican Cowboys Fans Take Bus Tour to Dallas

The warnings were clear: avoid traveling the highways in northern Mexico at night. But it wasn't enough to stop some of the most fervent Mexican fans of the Dallas Cowboys from traversing them to get to a game. 

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

A Road Trip, Mexican Style, to Watch the Cowboys

“Los Vaqueros de Dallas” — the Dallas Cowboys — have attracted a giant, devoted fan base in Mexico, a country where American football ranks second to Mexican fútbol. Travelers routinely risk overnight bus tours on roads traversed by violent drug cartels for the chance to watch America’s Team play in the new Cowboys Stadium. 

A U.S. Army Soldier of the Texas Army National Guard and Senior Patrol Agent Chad Wamsley, U.S. Border Patrol, observe as Ricky I, a Belgian Malinois detection dog, checks a tractor-trailer truck for indications of drugs or concealed people at the U.S. Border Patrol's Interstate 35 checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas, July 14, 2006.
A U.S. Army Soldier of the Texas Army National Guard and Senior Patrol Agent Chad Wamsley, U.S. Border Patrol, observe as Ricky I, a Belgian Malinois detection dog, checks a tractor-trailer truck for indications of drugs or concealed people at the U.S. Border Patrol's Interstate 35 checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas, July 14, 2006.

Perry Blasts Obama Over Border National Guard Drawdown

A decision by the White House to reduce the number of National Guard soldiers on the country’s border with Mexico has provoked a fierce but expected reaction from Gov. Rick Perry, a longtime advocate for more boots on the ground in Texas.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/5/11

Root on Rick Perry's controversial new ad, Tan on the fallout, Aaronson's map of where the food stamps go, my interview with Stephen Colbert's campaign finance lawyer, Aguilar on the drop in the number of illegal immigrants crossing into Texas, Hamilton on the growth of unregulated colleges, Galbraith's interview with S. David Freeman on the environmental failures of public power, Grissom on the newest state agency and and Hamilton and M. Smith on a sudden change at the top of UT's law school: The best of our best content from December 5 to 9, 2011.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.

In the Meantime

Texas Weekly

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released more interim charges he wants Senate committees to consider before the upper chamber gavels in January 2013. And it should be a surprise to few that there's a sustained focus on the Texas-Mexico border.