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New York Times: As U.S. Plugs Border in Arizona, Crossings Shift to South Texas

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A surge in migrant traffic across the Southwest border into Texas has resulted in a milestone: the front line of the battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade away from Arizona to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. This shift has intensified a bitter debate under way in the Senate over whether the border is secure enough now, or ever will be, ... Read more »

Statement: The President's Budget Does Not Seem Serious

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following statement about the budget proposal submitted by President Obama: "The budget that the President submitted today does not seem serious. It is full of accounting gimmicks that expand the federal government’s role in the lives of hardworking Americans; it increases taxes; and it rapidly grows the size of our debt and deficit. Instead o... Read more »

New funding bill again prevents closures of Border Patrol stations in Texas

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The Obama Administration’s plan to close six interior Border Patrol stations in Texas has hit another roadblock. The government funding bill passed by both the House and the Senate specifically prohibits the closures at least through September 30, 2013. “We have continued to work on this issue, and we are very pleased that our concerns about the immigration enforcement gaps these closures could cr... Read more »

Thornberry again tapped to serve as Vice Chairman of Armed Services Committee

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U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) will once again serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress. Rep. Thornberry was first tapped by the House Republican Conference Steering Committee on the recommendation of Speaker John Boehner to serve as the Committee’s Vice Chairman in December 2010. New House committee appointments became official last wee... Read more »

Thornberry votes for a first step in immigration reform

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In an effort to begin reforming the U.S. immigration system with common sense policies, area Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) joined both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House in voting to support the STEM Jobs Act of 2012. The bill, H.R. 6429, is designed to attract foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees i... Read more »

Thornberry stresses need for better coordination on border security

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) continues to press the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet the needs of local law enforcement in dealing with illegal immigration. On Tuesday, Thornberry drew attention to the CBP station closures in an official House Floor statement supporting the Jaime Zapata Border Enforcement Security Task Force... Read more »

Thornberry, Law Enforcement Pushing Border Patrol for Federal Enforcement Plan

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) met with Texas law enforcement officials yesterday to discuss the proposed U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) station closures in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, and Abilene. Officials from about a dozen local law enforcement agencies took part in the meeting to voice their concerns over the proposed closures and to provide insight on how to ensure there i... Read more »

Thornberry presses Border Patrol on proposed closings

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In an ongoing effort to address serious concerns about the six Border Patrol Stations in North and West Texas, the offices of Rep. Mac Thornberry and other officials met with top officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday afternoon. The meeting, organized by Thornberry’s staff, included a number of Texas House and Senate offices, as well as Governor Perry’s that share serio... Read more »

Thornberry wants answers on closing of Border Patrol stations

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) is calling on the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) to delay or reconsider the closure of Border Patrol stations in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, and Abilene. In a strongly-worded letter sent to USBP Chief Michael Fisher on Tuesday, Rep. Thornberry stated that the closures will leave North and West Texas vulnerable and undermine the overall effort to enforce laws ... Read more »

Thornberry says it's wrong for the President to decide which laws he will enforce

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Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the President announced that his Administration is making changes to immigration policy: "No one can deny that deciding what to do with children who were brought to this country illegally is a difficult problem. But it is wrong for the President to decide on his own which of our laws he will enforce and which laws he will n... Read more »