Group Warns Of Weakness At Border Crossings

Texas – Elected officials and business leaders from along the Texas-Mexico border are calling for $6 billion in new funding for infrastructure and technology.

The Texas Border Coalition also wants 5,000 more customs officers at entry points on U.S. southern and northern land borders.

The coalition will formally present its border security report at a conference Friday in Laredo. A copy shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday described a situation where years of investment in the Border Patrol has tightened security in the spaces between the ports of entry. The report also states the investment made understaffed formal entry points more popular with smugglers.

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