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 ...

Staples and Generals Call Out Feds on Border Security

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

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.

Border Patrol Agent Robert Dominguez.
Border Patrol Agent Robert Dominguez.

The Border is Safe, Federal Officials Say

The federal government’s top border official fought back this week against heightened criticism of President Obama’s border security policy, saying the present-day border is more secure than ever. At the same conference, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes responded to Gov. Rick Perry's bid for the White House by telling a reporter, “I have to go to the bathroom and throw up.”  

Selling the High Price of Border Security

It's not a sales pitch heard too often in the Rio Grande Valley, but farmers and ranchers here have a new, tax-deductible option for improving their businesses — and the company offering it promises to take a bullet for its client. It's a pitch that fits well with the mythic ethos of the west: If the government cannot protect its citizens, it’s up to the individual.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/11/11

Check our new Perrypedia — a home for stories and data about you-know-who, Ramshaw on health care in the colonias, Root's look back at Rick Perry's years as a Democrat, M. Smith on the pressures facing the TEA, yours truly on David Dewhurst's impact on the U.S. Senate race, E. Smith's panel discussion on the Cameron Todd Willingham case, Hamilton on Perry and higher ed, Murphy on who's paying the pole tax, Grissom on Alto's decision to close its police department, Aguilar on labor and security worries over trucking on the border and Galbraith on what government can't do during a drought: The best of our best content from July 11 to 15, 2011.

Trucking Program Raises Border Policy Questions

Some Texas Republicans are embracing a cross-border trucking agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that labor unions worry could kill jobs and drastically reduce border security. The binational agreement would end a years-long stand off between the two countries by recognizing an original provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement that allows U.S. and Mexican tractor-trailers to travel beyond the current 20- to 25-mile limits.

 

Four of the five children who live in this dilapidated one-room home in Mexico Chiquito, a colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.
Four of the five children who live in this dilapidated one-room home in Mexico Chiquito, a colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.

Conditions, Health Risks Sicken Colonias Residents

Along the border, residents of colonias tell identical stories: of migrating with dreams of safety and prosperity, of getting misled into buying worthless land with no modern infrastructure, of sticking it out so their children will get educated. And of getting sick.

A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.
A child rides his bike in the Del Mar Heights colonia in the Rio Grande Valley.

Red Tape, Catch-22s Impede Progress in Texas' Colonias

Life has clearly improved in the "colonias" — Spanish for neighborhood or community — since the 1950s, when opportunistic developers first established them for migrant workers on the Texas side of the Mexican border. But many efforts to better conditions for the half a million residents of the colonias have fallen short, the result of bureaucratic nightmares, mixed messages and a spiral of confusion and fees. 

Illegal Re-entry Cases Surge Under Obama

Texans are hammering away at Barack Obama for failing to secure our borders and for refusing to put forward a comprehensive immigration-reform plan, but the number of federal prosecutions for "illegal reentry" has quietly skyrocketed under his administration. If the trend continues, the Obama administration will have prosecuted more illegal immigrants than George W. Bush’s administration did in his two terms combined.

Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.
Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Clears Texas Senate

Texas peace officers will be allowed to inquire into the immigration status of any person arrested or legally detained under legislation passed by the Texas Senate early Wednesday morning.