No evidence of jihadists in Mexico, official says

August 25, 2014

08/25/14 Fox News Latino

Jose Antonio MeadeThere is no evidence to support the comments by Texas Gov. Rick Perry that jihadists could enter the United States via the southern border, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade said.

“It is very unfortunate that some people make foreign policy on the basis of beliefs, suppositions and completely unfounded and absurd analyses,” Meade said in a press conference on Saturday.

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Perry Says Terrorists Could Be Entering the U.S. From Mexico

August 22, 2014

08/21/14 New York Times

Rick PerryGov. Rick Perry of Texas warned Thursday that militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups may have already slipped across the Mexican border.

Mr. Perry said there is “no clear evidence” that terrorists have entered the United States illegally across the southern border. But he argued that illegal immigration should be considered a national security issue as well as a social and economic problem, and as evidence he cited the increase in violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

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National Guard troops arrive at Texas border with Mexico

August 18, 2014

08/16/14 RT

shutterstock_24590917Texas National Guard troops have started staking out positions along the state’s border with Mexico, as Governor Rick Perry aims to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

“Several dozen” troopers were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, and multiple officers were seen at observation towers in the area, according to the Associated Press. Under Perry’s orders, up to 1,000 troops total may be deployed along the border between Texas and Mexico, although the current deployment is not yet part of the governor’s Operation Strong Safety.

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First Wave Of National Guard Troops Arrives At Texas-Mexico Border

August 15, 2014

08/14/14 Huffington Post 

El Paso, TexasThe first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force says “several dozen” soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry last month.

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Valley stands to gain for energy exploration in Mexico

June 9, 2014

06/07/14 The Brownsville Herald

energy- oil pumps 2Anyone who pays the slightest attention to the oil and gas industry knows that Texas is in the middle of a major energy boom, one concentrated largely on the vast Eagle Ford Shale formation that spans several counties in South Texas.

The same formation happens to extend south across the border into Mexico, where it’s known as the Burgos Basin. While Eagle Ford already has thousands of exploration sites in operation, virtually nothing is happening south of the border — nothing yet, at least. The Mexican government late last year instituted sweeping reforms on several fronts, including energy. The result is that, for the first time, companies other than PEMEX will be able to invest in energy exploration and production in Mexico.

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Bipartisan group announces $25 million scholarship fund for undocumented students

February 5, 2014

hidden_assetsDallas News, 2/4/14

A $25 million scholarship fund for such students, often called “dreamers,” was announced today by San Antonio Democratic activist Henry Muñoz III, former Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, and Carlos Gutierrez, a Commerce Secretary under President George W. Bush. Dreamers often face financial barriers to attending college since they are ineligible for federal financial aid.

1,000 high-achieving undocumented students will each receive a $25,000 scholarship from the initiative, called TheDream.US. The effort has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Inter-American Development Bank, the Graham family, and other philanthropies. Some of that scholarship money will go to students in Texas.

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Texas Executes Mexican Man for Murder

January 23, 2014

texasThe New York Times, 01/22/2014

Despite opposition from the State Department, Mexican officials and Latino advocates, Texas executed Edgar Arias Tamayo on Wednesday night, putting to death a Mexican citizen whose case raised questions about the state’s duty to abide by international law.

Mr. Tamayo, 46, was strapped to a T-shaped gurney in the state’s death chamber at a prison in Huntsville, injected with a lethal dose of the sedative known as pentobarbital and pronounced dead at 9:32 p.m. Mr. Tamayo was the 509th inmate executed by Texas in the past three decades and had been one of 21 foreign citizens on its death row.

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