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Border safety, security declining

New statistics show security at the United States-Mexico border is declining and apprehensions of illegal immigrants have surged in the last year, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). 

Although the federal government claims the border is safer than ever, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples disagrees.

 “Texans are facing threats from violent gangs and human traffickers with no regard for American law or life,” Staples said.

During the past 11 months, South Texas has seen a 30 percent increase in apprehensions, with the U.S. Border Patrol detaining 389,099 illegal immigrants along the southwestern border sectors from California to Texas. The majority of apprehensions occurred in Texas—212,881 in South Texas and 14,010 in the West Texas-El Paso area.

South Texans explain what life is like along the border in a new video titled "The Front Line: Stories from the Texas/Mexico Border" featured on



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