Past Features

October 1, 2015

Texas Border Surge
Levees may provide a solution

DHS began building a fence on top of levees as part of the Secure Fence Act of 2006 but construction was halted by a change in the law.
Dallas Morning News -- September 30, 2015   
Abbott asks feds to boost border security after increase in crossings
  Gov. Greg Abbott is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for additional law enforcement help along the Mexican border, after noting a “significant increase in immigrants who are once again pouring across our border illegally.”
    Abbott wrote on Wednesday to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to request 250 additional Border Patrol Agents in Texas, five more aerostats and “continued federal diligence and partnership” to maintain the two detention centers in Texas.
    He tied the request specifically to an increase in August of immigrant families and unaccompanied children illegally crossing the border.
    “Given recent reports that our southern border has become more porous --- not less, it is clearer than ever that the federal government must act to reverse the tide of this mounting crisis,” the Republican wrote.
    DHS spokesman S.Y. Lee said in a statement that the agency will “respond directly to the Governor.” [...]
    Abbott, in his letter, left little doubt about what he thinks of the state's commitment.
    “Please know that Texas is doing more than its share to deal with these challenges,” he wrote.
    Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal Kay Perkins, however, said the request was evidence of “bad planning” on Abbott's part. She chided the governor for selling Texans on a major border security investment without providing “a comprehensive plan or benchmarks to measure success.”

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Helping Texas
    The governor of Texas is asking for five aerostat balloons to help stop illegal immigration from Mexico. Aerostat balloons are very good, but their cameras can only see what they point at and they cannot detect ultralight aircraft.
    In order to get into southeast Texas, migrants have to cross a five-hundred-mile levee system.
    We have suggested that Texas install SEIDARM on those levees.
    Not only would SEIDARM direct aerstat camers where to look, it would count the number of migrants who crossed the levee. This would give Democrats a “benchmark to measure success."