Tribpedia: Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition

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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Border Bickering

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.

Sound and Fury

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.

Department of Public Stimulus

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.

On the Records: Redact Much?

The Texas Public Information Act allows agencies to redact information for security and privacy reasons. The Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition decided redact just about everything they possibly could on the invoices they sent me.

Perry: More boots on the border

Gov. Rick Perry is expanding Operation Border Star, a multi-agency border security effort he launched in 2007, sending teams of Texas Rangers and National Guard troops to curb border crime and prevent spillover violence from Mexico.

Border cameras: Take two

Gov. Rick Perry gave Texas border sheriffs another $2 million for a virtual border wall of web cameras that in its first full year failed to meet nearly every law enforcement goal his office originally set.