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Bordering on insecurity

Texas crime rates lower in border cities

Crime has dropped, and the Texas side of the border apparently is now safer than the state's larger cities. But a political tug-of-war about the security needs of the region remains full of fiery rhetoric and competing views about how safe border communities really are.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

Border Catholics ready to welcome Pope Francis

Tens of thousands of El Pasoans and visitors are expected to converge on Sun Bowl Stadium Wednesday to bow their heads and celebrate Mass with Pope Francis, who, as the first Latin American pontiff, is embraced by Catholics in this predominantly Hispanic community as one of their own.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

After deportation, killer returned easily to U.S.

Deported to his native Mexico for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, Juan Leonardo Quintero returned to Houston and easily resumed his life. When he killed a police officer in 2006, Quintero became a poster child for loose border enforcement.... Read more»

'Criminal aliens' a flashpoint of border security debate

How to deal with, or talk about, foreigners who commit crimes in the United States — the government’s term for them is the politically incorrect “criminal aliens” — has prompted heated calls for vastly different solutions.... Read more»1

Ted Cruz: Drafting women into military combat is 'nuts'

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.... Read more»1

As feds plan to cut border monitoring, Texas officials ask why

Texas officials pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.... Read more»

Facing felony charges, anti-abortion group cites free speech protections

The imminent legal battle over anti-abortion activists’ efforts to infiltrate a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston is morphing into a dispute over First Amendment protections.... Read more»

Activists sue Texas over law making it a felony to harbor undocumented immigrants

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, the national civil rights group MALDEF announced Monday that it is suing the state.... Read more»

Anti-abortion activists indicted over undercover Planned Parenthood videos

A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted the videographers behind undercover recordings of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston and cleared the women's health provider of any wrongdoing.... Read more»

As open carry takes effect in Texas, officials predict lawsuits

The state's handgun license holders, who previously had to keep their firearms concealed, can now carry them openly. Across Texas, law enforcement officials, city leaders and business owners are bracing for lawsuits. ... Read more»

Texas Gov orders National Guard to stay in place on border

Because of a recent spike in minors crossing the border illegally in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is ordering the state's National Guard to stay in the area.... Read more»

Cruz enters fifth GOP debate in Trump's crosshairs

Don't get Trumped. That's the task facing Ted Cruz as he heads into the fifth Republican presidential debate in the crosshairs of the bomb-throwing billionaire. The GOP field meets again on the debate stage Tuesday night in Las Vegas... Read more»

Trump calls Cruz 'a little bit of a maniac'

Donald Trump is expanding his criticism of Ted Cruz, once his closest ally in the Republican race for the White House, and questioning if he has the temperament to be president.... Read more»

Ted Cruz takes first-ever lead in early state poll

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has taken his first-ever lead in an early state poll, surging past billionaire Donald Trump to the no. 1 spot in Iowa. ... Read more»

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