The Texas Highway Patrol will launch in March the first of six 34-foot-long patrol boats on the Rio Grande. The $3.5 million effort comes through a combination of federal homeland security grants and state funds.
For border residents who travel into Mexico frequently, the possibility of becoming a victim of a crime is very real. When that happens, some states along the U.S.-Mexico border offer financial assistance.
Besides research, the center proposed by former Mexican President Vicente Fox in Texas will help groom high school and college students who are immigrants into potential political leaders.
There is a debate about what to do with old manufacturing sites. Some cities have re-purposed old industrial spaces for other uses and saved some of the buildings. Others have razed the locations for redevelopment.
While opponents cheered the decision, supporters plan to file a lawsuit to force the state to offer the plate. They have a track record of winning.
Critics contend the plate resurrects and legitimizes slavery. Supporters say they are simply trying to honor Confederate soldiers.
The top Asian countries immigrants come from are Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But those of Chinese descent still make up the largest Asian ethnic group in the United States — nearly 4 million.
Previously, all trucks from Mexico had to stop after crossing the border and transfer the cargo to U.S. trucks. Now they’ll be able to continue inland. Labor unions fought the cross-border trucking program for years, citing safety concerns and it would take away jobs.
There are currently more than 11,000 foreign convicts in the Lone Star State and about half are eligible for parole. A new law allows them to be deported home sooner if they are paroled.
Marina Marmolejo will join the bench in Laredo, right across from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico — her hometown. She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in 1995.