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Feds And State Lawmakers At Odds Over Immigration Issue

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 09:44 PM CDT

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is defending the federal government's response to the immigration crisis.  On Tuesday he told critical republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee he plans to add 115 Customs and Border Patrol agents in south Texas.

That's a relief to McAllen State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa whose border community is overwhelmed by immigrant children.

"To deal with this issue it takes a team effort. It takes coordination between the state and federal government and local officials.  That's not happening right now," said Hinojosa.

Brooks County -- located about 75 miles north of the border -- has one of the busiest checkpoints in Texas.  The cash-strapped county is forced to activate volunteer deputies to help handle the influx of immigrant children there.

 

Feds And State Lawmakers At Odds Over Immigration Issue


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