Some call for special session
by J.M. Lozano, State Representative
Jun 27, 2014 | 332 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the past few weeks, you have probably noticed an increased focus on immigration. News stories talk about poor conditions at immigration facilities, unaccompanied minors at the border and mass graves in rural parts of the state. In fact, Border Patrol has already apprehended more people in the Rio Grande Valley this year than they did in all of last year. These stories have prompted state leaders to begin a new initiative to securing the Texas border.

Last week, Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to launch a surge along the Texas-Mexico border to stem the flow of people crossing the border. These leaders have authorized DPS to spend its funding on efforts to secure the border, in light of Washington’s failure to act. This effort was followed by a call by some for the Legislature to meet in special session to address the issue.

Those of us in South Texas are familiar with illegal immigration and some of the activity associated with it, like human smuggling and trafficking, law enforcement chases that damage private property and a concern for the well-being of our families and communities. Since joining the Legislature, I’ve worked with community and law enforcement groups to provide the tools the help combat illegal activity in the Coastal Bend. As we move forward into the next legislative session, I look forward to continuing that partnership.
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