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Az Nat'l Guard seeks support from Pentagon on local operations

The leader of Arizona’s National Guard joined other state officials who told a House subcommittee Wednesday that the Guard is integral to natural disaster response and recovery, and deserves continued support from the Pentagon.... Read more»1

Texas gov. signs sweeping border security bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed the final piece of a massive effort by lawmakers to bolster the ranks of state police, increase technology and establish intelligence operations units on the Texas-Mexico border. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Is Jade Helm martial law?

In July, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command will begin an expansive military training exercise across several southwestern states. Some have claimed it's the latest covert government attempt to introduce martial law. ... Read more»2

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Texas gov. defends Guard monitoring military exercise

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday defended his decision to have the Texas State Guard monitor a military training exercise that has riled conspiracy theorists, denying he has lent credence to their suspicions. ... Read more»1

Tx House passes bill that beefs up resources for border prosecutors

The bill would fund the unit through grants from the governor’s office that pay for special prosecutors assigned to handle border-specific crimes— mainly smuggling, violent crimes, money laundering and gang activity associated with cartels. ... Read more»

Texas GOP takes 1st step to end in-state tuition for undocumented

After a marathon hearing that stretched well into Tuesday morning, a Texas senate subcommittee approved Sen. Donna Campbell's bill to repeal a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.... Read more»1

Texas lawmaker questions what border surge is achieving

A border lawmaker on Monday said the Texas Department of Public Safety has failed to provide details to back up claims that the state's multimillion-dollar surge of law enforcement to the border is producing results. ... Read more»

Texas border bill: More troopers, fewer surges

The border security bill unveiled by Texas House Republicans on Monday is supposed to end the sporadic surges and establish a systematic, consistent state law enforcement presence on the border. ... Read more»

States brace for flood of deportation-relief requests

Millions of undocumented immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration changes planned for this spring. A new report profiles 94 areas in 24 states with the most concentrated undocumented immigrant communities. ... Read more»

Texas DPS chief: Border surge wears on officers, resources

The multi-million dollar influx of Texas state police on the border is stemming the tide of illegal immigration, but parts of the operation are largely inefficient, the state’s top law enforcement officer told the House budget-writing committee on Wednesday.... Read more»

Texas lt. gov wants $12M to keep Guard on border

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Tuesday that drug cartels are ramping up efforts as the Texas National Guard is preparing to leave the Rio Grande Valley next month. He's hoping to extend the Guard's presence in the region.... Read more»

McSally backing plan to fund permanent Nat'l Guard border deployments

The U.S. Border Patrol would have greater freedom to patrol federally protected lands, and the National Guard would be fully funded for permanent border security operations if a key Texas Republican has better luck on immigration legislation with a new Congress. Rep. Martha McSally is also signing on to the Secure Our Borders First Act.... Read more»3

Texas border apprehensions spiked in 2014

Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.... Read more»

Predator drone, dogs help BP agents seize nearly $2M in drugs

With help from a Predator drone, a National Guard helicopter, and a drug dog at a checkpoint, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more nearly $2 million in drugs in multiple seizures this week, including nearly $100,000 in cocaine and more than $252,000 in heroin, according to a release from the agency. ... Read more»1

Texas border surge could continue through August

The surge of state law enforcement on Texas’ southern border will continue through August if an $86 million request made by the state’s top leaders is approved next month by budget writers. ... Read more»

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