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    Texas congressman wants more border security funds

    Texas congressman wants more border security funds
    By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
    April 9, 2010, 5:54PM

    FORT HANCOCK, Texas — U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez said Friday he has asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry to dedicate more homeland security funds to counties on the Mexican border.

    The San Antonio Democrat spoke to residents and reporters in the border town of Fort Hancock — where many Mexican families have settled after fleeing drug war violence. Rodriguez's announcement follows last week's Associated Press report on the fears created by the drug cartel and subtle intimidation felt in schools and elsewhere in Fort Hancock, a farming community about 50 miles southeast of the violent Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.

    Rodriguez said he also asked for $15 million in additional federal funds to help local authorities in border counties pay for increased patrols and equipment. The money would be added to $60 million already allocated for Operation Stonegarden, a federally funded program that provides grants to border states.

    Four other congressmen, including Silvestre Reyes of El Paso, also signed the request letter sent to Perry on Thursday.

    Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said Friday that the governor recently activated the state's spillover violence contingency plan, deploying officers to the border throughout Texas because of escalating violence in northern Mexico.

    "We are pleased members of Congress recognize the imperative nature of increasing border security efforts in Texas," Cesinger said. "We hope that after years of the federal government's failure to secure our border, that these and other members of congress will help implore the Obama administration to dedicate adequate federal resources to the Texas-Mexico border, including the governor's request for predator drones and 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen."

    Rodriguez said he's not been advised of any spillover violence in Fort Hancock, a small town just across the Rio Grande from a Mexican farming town that has been overrun by Sinaloa cartel fighters in recent months. He said he hopes additional resources being funneled to the community will help keep it safe.

    "One incident is one incident you don't want," Rodriguez said.

    Area residents have recently expressed fears the cartel thugs who forced families in the neighboring Mexican towns to flee have followed them to the U.S. and are applying subtle, though terrifying, intimidation to remind them they know where they are.

    Jose Franco, the local school superintendent, said publicity surrounding the fear in the town of about 1,700 has made it "one of the safest places in Texas" since last week.

    But still, the worry of the potential for a spillover of Mexico's violence prompted another West Texas high school baseball team to cancel a recent game in Fort Hancock.
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    Ciro also wants to give amnesty to illegal aliens.

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