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 ...

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/29/10

M. Smith and Butrymowicz of the Hechinger Institute on charter schools and public schools making nice in the Valley, Ramsey's interview with House Speaker candidate Ken Paxton and column on the coming budget carnage, Hu on the Legislature's disappearing white Democratic women, Grissom on the sheriff who busted Willie Nelson, Hamilton talks higher ed accountability with the chair of the Governor's Business Council, Aguilar on the arrest of a cartel kingpin, Ramshaw on the explosive growth in the number of adult Texans with diabetes, Philpott on state incentive funding under fire and Galbraith on the greening of Houston: The best of our best from November 29 to December 3, 2010.

Screen grab from Bill White's "Border" television spot.
Screen grab from Bill White's "Border" television spot.

Bill White TV Ad: "Border"

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White promises 1,000 more security officers on the Texas-Mexico border in his latest TV spot, appropriately titled "Border."

Brownsville, TX. Bridge No 1 to Matamoros.
Brownsville, TX. Bridge No 1 to Matamoros.

Current Immigration Debate Mirrors 2006

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.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Visits El Paso

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst went to El Paso today, talked with state, local and federal police, took an aerial tour over the dangerous borderlands and pronounced that Mexico's drug war is a "very serious threat" to all Texans — a threat the feds aren't protecting you from.

Security camera towers loom over the Rio Grande River.
Security camera towers loom over the Rio Grande River.

DPS Plans to Use Stimulus for Border Security

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.

Border Sheriffs Redact Documents Liberally

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 Sending Rangers, Guard to 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.

Perry Gives Sheriffs More Border Camera Money

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.