MISSION (AP) – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is to tour the Texas-Mexico border and receive a briefing on border security operations in South Texas.
Johnson’s Tuesday visit would follow the Border Patrol’s release Friday of the final 2013 immigrant arrest numbers, which showed a 16 percent increase. The Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, which encompasses the southernmost tip of Texas, has become the busiest segment of the Southwest border for illegal immigration.
The increase has largely been driven by Central American immigrants entering the United States illegally in South Texas.
The budget bill signed by President Barack Obama on Friday includes funding for 2,000 additional customs officers at the nation’s ports of entry.
Johnson is scheduled to make a similar visit to Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday.
(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Texas Gas Price Average Remains Steady As Holiday Nears
- North Texas First-Responders Taking Part In Active Shooter Drill
- Kayne West, Adidas Expand Partnership For Yeezy Line
- Texas Health Officials Prepare For Zika, But Local Efforts Tight
- Toyota Announces Recalls For Defective Air Bags, Canisters
- Man Fights To Take Pregnant Wife Off Life Support
- Cowboys’ Romo Update: Complication In Back Surgery
- Flu Cases Spike In Texas, 13 Dead In Houston Area
- 70-Year-Old Brutally Attacked Outside Restaurant
- Owner Reunites With Dog 4 Months After ‘Dognapping’
- PHOTOS: Your Pet Pictures