A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY - Interim Report
In a political advertisement, Texas Governor Rick Perry said, "If the federal government won't protect our borders, Texas will!"
According to a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security, the lone star state is off to a good start.
In response to the increasing
criminal activity and violence along the Texas-Mexico border, the State of
Texas, in partnership with the Federal government, recently launched
Operation Rio Grande, an initiative to increase border security. Under
Operation Rio Grande, Texas has conducted targeted, short duration, and high
intensity regional operations that integrate local, State and Federal law
By focusing on these areas, Texas has been able to mount an aggressive defense which has significantly reduced crime in areas of operations; and substantially decreased transnational drug and human smuggling enterprise activities between Ports of Entry.
Additionally, Texas has utilized
a number of new tactics and strategies to achieve a reduction in crime on
the border. A cornerstone of this new strategy has been the use of Joint
Operations Intelligence Centers (JOIC) and a Border Security Operations
For more on the Texas initiative, please read Texas Border Security Initiatives