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 ...

A Road Trip, Mexican Style, to Watch the Cowboys

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.

“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.

ICE Removes Record Number of Immigrants in FY 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced this week it deported more immigrants during the 2011 fiscal year than it did in any year since the agency's 2003 inception. The total includes more than 216,700 people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors. Enforcement is a double-edged sword for President Obama, who continues to draw harsh criticism from Republicans who say he is soft on illegal immigration and from advocacy groups who want immigration reform.

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, holds up copy of recently released independent copy of Texas border security during press conference at Texas Capitol on September 26th, 2011
Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, holds up copy of recently released independent copy of Texas border security during press conference at Texas Capitol on September 26th, 2011

Staples and Generals Call Out Feds on Border Security

The former head of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command said Monday that if the U.S. does not provide more support to Mexico, that country's next presidential administration may have no choice but to make a deal with cartel leaders.

Is Perry Tough Enough on Immigration for Republicans?

As Gov. Rick Perry adjusts to his front-runner status for the GOP presidential nomination, his opponents are planting seeds of doubt about how tough he has been on illegal immigration, from his compassion for immigrant college students to the tightrope he has walked between securing the border and protecting the state’s symbiotic relationship with Mexico. 

A Texas Department of Public Safety official seal.
A Texas Department of Public Safety official seal.

Day 30: Border Security Funding Will Increase Over the Next Biennium

Throughout August, the Tribune is featuring 31 ways Texans' lives will change come Sept. 1, the date most bills passed by the Legislature take effect. DAY 30: During a legislative session where hardly any services were spared the budget ax, funding for border security actually increased.