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DPS to begin surge operation along Texas-Mexico border

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Texas Department of Public Safety
June 19, 2014, 11:23am
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AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.

In a joint letter to DPS Director Steve McCraw, state leaders authorized DPS to conduct law enforcement surge operations using any funds appropriated to the agency. DPS surge operations will continue at least through the end of the calendar year.DPS must periodically report the results of the law enforcement surge to the governor and the legislature.

“The federal government has abdicated its responsibility to secure the border and protect this country from the consequences of illegal immigration, but as Texans we know how to lead in areas where Washington has failed,” Lt. Gov. Dewhurst said. “Last year DPS conducted Operation Strong Safety and achieved astounding results. Crime rates related to drugs, cartels, transnational gangs, and illegal border activity plummeted because of the resources we allocated to stop illegal entry at the border. It’s time to make this type of presence on the border permanent.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) has apprehended more illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley in the first eight months of the current federal fiscal year (over 160,000) than it did for all of fiscal year 2013 (154,453). In May 2014 alone, USCBP reported apprehending more than 1,100 illegal immigrants per day in the Rio Grande Valley. This year, like last year, more than half of the individuals apprehended at the Texas-Mexico border by USCBP are from countries other than Mexico. Additionally, 34,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) have
been apprehended in Texas so far this year, with estimates that number will reach
90,000 by the end of the fiscal year. By comparison, 28,352 UAC were apprehended in fiscal year 2013.

Your Opinions and Comments

July 1, 2014 4:25am
Johnny Partain ... I see that Rueben never misses a chance to line up votes. LOL

Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
June 30, 2014 10:28pm
Nancy Pelosi? lol. I don't think so. She's not very helpful.

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 27, 2014 1:50pm
Extiger .... Read that the Democrat Senate quashed two bills by Senator Sessions which would have forced employers to verify citizenship and to deny benefits as well the earned income credit for illegal migrants. How heartless ... More ›

June 27, 2014 12:09pm
When you clothes feed educate and offer welfare to the immigrants, definitely impacts the economy.

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 27, 2014 11:41am
Johnny Partain Are you going to meet with Nancy ?

squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
June 27, 2014 8:29am
Chief .... There you go again, getting mixed up. It's Moses Morales.

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
June 26, 2014 12:32pm
Rumor has it that Jesus Gonzales is going to part the Rio Grande. Let my people go ! :-)

Johnny Partain  
McAllen, TX  
June 26, 2014 12:10pm
I don't think it will ever stop and I believe it not only part of the grand new plan, but its a purposeful distraction from the economy, health, and education. Immigration has always been the lowest concern to us, but both ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 26, 2014 11:59am
Maybe we should just follow existing law and use common sense if it exists anymore.

June 26, 2014 11:14am
Definitely not refugees unless they're fleeing some sort of imminent danger. Typically a migrant or migration is considered when one or more moves within their own country. Perhaps we should consider it an exodus. What ... More ›

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