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South Texas, The Border And Immigration Reform

With Jane Clayson in for Tom Ashbrook.

As the Senate debate over immigration heats up, we go to South Texas, the new front line in the battle over illegal border crossings.

Border Texas

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle passes along the border fence in Brownsville, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Washington is up to its neck with immigration talk.

The Senate debate rages on over a big bill that could promise citizenship or demand a solid border — possibly both. House Republicans are staking out their own tough legislation. And President Obama is praising border security and pushing progress.

But the story’s only half finished. Big changes along the border.

Illegal migrant crossings have spiked in South Texas for the first time in a decade, putting it at the center of a heated debate.

This hour, On Point: As Washington talks immigration reform, we go south to the border.

Guests

Christopher Sherman, Rio Grande correspondent for the Associated Press, where he covers border security. (@chrisshermanAP)

Benny Martinez, chief deputy in the Sheriff’s Department for the County of Brooks and former Texas state police officer for 29 years.

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today. (@alangomez)

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