Dewhurst visits Valley, lauds DPS initiative
Jacob Fischler, The Monitor
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst got a firsthand look at the Department of Public Safety-led surge of law enforcement officials in the Rio Grande Valley during a visit last week, but critics dismissed the visit as a political stunt.
Dewhurst received a briefing from DPS Director Steven McCraw, surveyed the border from a DPS helicopter and rode a DPS river patrol boat all on the morning of Sept. 26, a spokesman said Wednesday. He did not observe any of the controversial regulatory checkpoints on Hidalgo County highways that have drawn the ire of immigration advocates, among others.
In a Wednesday news release, Dewhurst praised DPS and the initiative while aiming harsh words at Washington.
“The federal government has proven incapable of fighting the increased drug and human trafficking plaguing this region,” Dewhurst said in the release. “I’m proud to say that Texas law enforcement is showing Washington how to secure the border by coordinating the efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement entities.”