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Documentary Shares Perspectives of Those Who’d Be Affected By a Border Wall

Posted on · Behind all the rhetoric and political discourse about President Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico Border are real people who would be affected by it – border patrol agents, ranchers and undocumented immigrants. A new documentary called Beyond the Wall aims to put viewers in the shoes of those people as it explores the complex […]

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Border Corruption and Neighborhood Challenges: Thursday’s Show (July 7, 2016)

Posted on · Typically, when we talk about protecting the Texas/Mexico border, we mean protecting it from illegal activity on the other side of the Rio Grande. But reports this week from The Texas Tribune and Reveal highlight illegal activity happening not only on the U.S. side of the border but among those tasked with policing it. Those articles […]

Politics

How Much Is Enough When It Comes To Spending On Border Security In Texas?

Posted on · Leaders in Texas are convinced the federal government isn’t doing enough to secure the U.S.-Mexico Border. They have approved spending nearly $1 billion over the next two years to aid the effort. But money may not solve the problem.

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Homeland Insecurity: Investigation Uncovers Failures to Root Out Corruption Within the Border Patrol

Posted on · On Tuesday (Dec. 15 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas National Guard troops would remain at the Mexico border. Their nearly 18-month mission — prompted by an influx of unaccompanied children pouring into the country — was supposed to end this month, but it will now continue amid another wave of arrivals. Of course, it’s not just […]

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Failures in Corruption Investigations at the Border: Wednesday’s Show (December 16, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesday (Dec. 15 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas National Guard troops would remain at the Mexico border. Their nearly 18-month mission — prompted by an influx of unaccompanied children pouring into the country — was supposed to end this month, but it will now continue amid another wave of arrivals. Of course, it’s not just […]

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Border Odyssey: Meeting the People Patrolling and Living Near the U.S.-Mexico Border

Posted on · In 2010, Duke University professor Charles Thompson followed the U.S.-Mexico border, which spans nearly two-thousand miles. They followed a path from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Pacific Ocean, exploring small towns and larger communities on both sides of the border. Thompson spoke with residents living within these border communities to get a better understanding […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Troops to the Border, No Refusals & Houston’s First Parklet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Gov. Perry sending members of the National Guard to the Texas – Mexico border, to an expansion of Harris County’s “no refusal” DUI prevention weekends to Houston’s smallest park — its first so-called “parklet” — we parse the good, the bad and the ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts […]