Immigration Reform: Ted Cruz Wants More ‘Boots On The Ground’ To Secure US Border

June 11, 2015

6/10/15 International Business Times

Customs_and_Border_Protection_officersSen. Ted Cruz, a 2016 presidential hopeful, wants to shore up both the U.S. border and his credentials as an implacable foe of immigration reform. So the Texas Republican traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas on Tuesday to attend a border security briefing (and, later, a fundraiser). He criticized President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions and prescribed more “boots on the ground” to increase security, even while border patrol agent numbers have reached near-record highs.

“One hears from the ground that the security threats remain significant and that we need adequate manpower, adequate tools to secure our border and protect our nation,” Cruz said, speaking near a border patrol station. “The cartels have manpower along the Rio Grande river, they monitor what’s happening on a real-time basis, and the single best tool is boots on the ground.”

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Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

June 10, 2015

6/8/19 The Texas Tribune

CBP_Border_Patrol_agent_reads_the_Miranda_rights_After decades of forbidding foreign law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on Mexican soil, the Mexican government is on the verge of allowing U.S. agents to carry guns in places where they help speed the flow of goods between the two countries.

Texas lawmakers are celebrating the move as a significant step toward increasing trade, and say Mexico is also expected to draw up new rules allowing security personnel for visiting dignitaries to obtain permits to carry weapons.

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Editorial: Out of Austin, mixed messages on illegal immigration

June 8, 2015

6/6/15 The Dallas Morning News

TexasTexas legislators sent mixed messages this session regarding where they stand on illegal immigration. They made clear with their vote to significantly boost border security funding that they want a crackdown on criminality linked to illegal immigration. Yet they backed away from legislation aimed at restricting higher educational opportunities for unauthorized immigrants.

Some conservative legislators were intent on repealing provisions of a 2001 law signed by Gov. Rick Perry granting in-state college tuition to unauthorized immigrants. The repeal effort put them on a collision course with other Republicans who saw it as mean-spirited and ultimately unhelpful to the goal of boosting the talent pool available to Texas employers.

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Mexico Nabs Suspected Zetas Cartel Figure Near Texas Border

March 24, 2015

Yahoo News, 3/23/2015

handcuffsMEXICO CITY (AP) — A suspected leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel who was on Mexico’s list of 122 priority targets for arrest was captured early Monday in a city on the Texas border, authorities said.

Ramiro Perez Moreno, 34, was arrested without any shots being fired in the city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas, the Mexican navy said in a statement.

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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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