|Greetings Friends, Constituents & Supporters,|
|Since reports first began to surface regarding the rapid rate at which illegal immigrants are attempting to flood the Texas-Mexico border, many of you have asked what can be done or why more is not being done. Like many, I too am frustrated by our administration in Washington and their negligent attitude toward the border crisis; however, I am incredibly pleased with the efforts made by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Border Sheriff’s Association, and the Texas Military Forces to address public concerns and respond to the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker’s requests for increased personnel and resources along the border. In an ongoing effort to keep up with our concerns, I felt that the graphs and charts published by DPS do an excellent job showing us exactly what their challenges have been on the border.
In absence of increased Federal assistance, I commend our Texas leaders, led by the Texas Department of Public Safety, for providing excellent communication, thorough documentation, and an unwavering commitment to protecting the interests of Texas and our citizens.
It is comforting to recognize that this issue is continuing to be addressed in spite of efforts on the apart of the Feds to offer no support to protect the citizens of Texas and secure our borders.
I encourage each of you to read over this report and its alarming statistics. Most importantly, please share this with your friends and neighbors who may still be skeptical about the true nature of this border crisis. It is comforting to recognize that this issue is continuing to be addressed in spite of efforts on the apart of the Feds to offer no support to protect the citizens of Texas and secure our borders.
Overview of Human Smuggling Activity along the Texas-Mexico Border
Over the past few years, apprehensions of illegal aliens have been increasing in Texas, most significantly in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) has experienced a sharp increase in illegal alien apprehensions since 2011. Total apprehensions in the RGV are at historically elevated levels, and include greater numbers of other-than-Mexicans (OTMs) and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) than any other sector along the U.S.-Mexico border. Apprehensions of Mexican illegal aliens continue to be concentrated in the Tucson Sector, followed by the RGV. In addition, total apprehensions are now highest in the RGV Sector, which represents a noteworthy change from previous years.
The United States Border Patrol reported 154,453 total apprehensions just in the RGV during 2013, a 58 percent increase from 2012, and more than double the number in 2011. RGV Sector apprehensions are at their highest levels since FY1999.
The Rio Grande Valley has experienced a sharp rise in non-Mexican (OTM) apprehensions, which increased 96 percent to 96,829 in 2013 from 2012, and have more than tripled since 2011.
The number of unaccompanied children (UAC) apprehensions in The Rio Grande Valley have increased rapidly through 2013 when they reached 21,553, which represents a 100 percent increase from 2012 and a 312 percent increase from 2011.
More than half of all unaccompanied children apprehended along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 occurred in The Rio Grande Valley alone.
The Rio Grande Valley now accounts for a significant proportion of apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2013, the RGV accounted for 37 percent of total apprehensions, 65 percent of OTM apprehensions, and 56 percent of UAC apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico order.
I pledge to continue my efforts in support of Homeland Security and public safety, and to assure that the citizens of Texas and the United States of America are provided a safe and secure homeland. It remains my pleasure and honor to represent all the people of House District 2. My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P. O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. Email:District2.Flynn@house.state.tx.us. Toll free number 1-800-734-9515.
May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!
Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2