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 ...

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.

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.