In a wide-ranging interview with NPR's John Burnett airing on All Things Considered, Nielsen stood by the policy announced earlier this week as well as the administration's broader crackdown on illegal immigration, saying her department is merely following the law. She says if the public wants different immigration laws, then it is up to Congress to change them — and that the fierce criticism directed at her department is unwarranted. If somebody wants a different law, they should go to Congress and get a different law passed. But we took an oath and we will uphold the laws of this country," she said.
Wed, May 23, at 8: In the past, she and her staff had tried to laugh it off, making sarcastic jokes with one another about how one Mexican looked just like the next to DPS, but now it was getting ridiculous.
But the taillight worked just fine.
The land sits on the migration route for the threatened monarch and dozens of other species that pass through the area every fall on their way to Mexico. Once devoted primarily to enforcing statewide traffic laws and conducting criminal investigations, over the past decade DPS has received billions in taxpayer dollars to invest in special-ops teams, armored gunboats, spy planes and other military equipment to patrol the Texas-Mexico border.
Despite criticism in the media and from Democrats, Perry embraced his border-hawk role, depicting the borderlands as a war zone in need of a tough-talking governor to hold back the chaos and the cartels. That strategy helped Perry build his national profile for his first bid for the White House in Inan influx of Central American children and families began arriving at the Texas border requesting asylum, the majority of them coming through Hidalgo and neighboring Starr County, two of the U.
As their arrival attracted international attention, Perry launched Operation Strong Safety, deploying 1, National Guard soldiers and hundreds of DPS troopers to the border. But the success of these expensive operations in curtailing smuggling and other border-related crimes is a subject of dispute.
The operations have exacted other costs, too. Hidalgo and Starr counties are now among the most profiled and surveilled communities in America, with residents forced to adjust to life under the persistent watch of aerostat surveillance balloons, observation towers, National Guard listening posts, drones, DPS surveillance cameras, DPS spy planes and a barrage of intrusive police stops.
Over the course of several months, I interviewed dozens of residents and elected officials in both counties. They all described an unprecedented border security buildup that has taken a toll on their civil liberties and, ironically, made them feel far less safe.
The two counties have also been targeted by the Trump administration as the site of the first new segments of border wall. Far from being rural, the Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the state, with a dynamic economy and a relatively low crime rate.
So why is the region so heavily policed? We were in her mud-splattered black Honda sedan, driving south from Mission toward the Rio Grande and the butterfly center. But she and her neighbors were still living under constant surveillance.
Every year, more green space near the butterfly center is plowed under to make way for shopping malls and residential developments. Nathan Lambrecht As she drove, she pointed out a dirt road near the entrance of the butterfly center. She pointed again, this time at a tall steel tower in the distance.
They can see everything day and night within 5 miles. The video surveillance is all the time, and of course they can see right into our center. The off-the-shelf game camera was camouflaged with brown bark from the tree. Other than that, it was unmarked, and they had no idea which agency it belonged to.
In an April report — the most current made public — the agency reported that it operates 4, such cameras. Ina similar hidden camera caused controversy after several Border Patrol agents and DPS troopers were dispatched to a baseball game to interrogate a woman and her 5-year-old son about their immigration status.
The incident was recorded and uploaded to YouTube, where it quickly went viral. Months later, the ACLU discovered that the agents had been tipped off by a DPS camera covertly planted in the brush near the baseball field. Since the bathrooms were closed, the woman had taken her son into the bushes, triggering the motion-activated camera.
More recently, in January, a rancher filed a trespassing lawsuit against the Border Patrol after finding one of the hidden cameras on his ranch north of Laredo. According to DPS reports, the agency often works with the National Guard or the Border Patrol to place the cameras in undisclosed locations along the border.
The federal Immigration and Nationality Act gives Border Patrol, unlike DPS, legal authority to enter any private property — though not actual homes — within 25 miles of an international border without a warrant.
He pointed up at a tall hackberry overlooking the irrigation canal, a remnant from a time when the sanctuary property was nothing but onion fields. The fallow fields had been painstakingly restored to a native habitat for more than species of butterflies.
When the director of operations job came up eight years ago, he eagerly applied. Under the surge, state troopers, Texas game wardens and Texas Rangers are dispatched from around the state to work to hour shifts at the border for seven consecutive days before rotating back to their home posts.
These rotations have saturated the area with state law enforcement. It was hard to see how the surge was having an impact on cartel-related crime, or deterring smuggling, as DPS claimed it would.The Stimson Center announced today Enrique de Vega Gonzalez of Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid, Spain, is the winner of the first ever United Nations Security Council resolution International Student Essay Contest.
Resolution obligates U.N. Member States to develop and enforce legal and structural measures to. Clarion Project is announcing an essay contest on the First Amendment. $ prize. All entries need to be received by midnight May In , she testified before the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on radical Islam, offering a powerful voice .
Homeland security professionals could learn valuable lessons from legendary French composer Claude Debussy and his flouting of rigid musical convention, argues the winning entry of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security essay contest.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency have the mission of securing the borders. college by sharing their stories in an essay contest sponsored by the. Foreign Affairs and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy want to give tomorrow's leaders the opportunity to demonstrate innovative thinking on the issues that shape their world.
In the Student Essay Competition, a panel from the Foreign Affairs editorial staff and the Lee Kuan Yew School. Rowan County student wins county government essay contest. Elizabeth Weaver, a sophomore at East Rowan High School, is the winner of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' fifth annual essay contest on county government for 9th or 10th grade students.