Texas game wardens join watch for aliens at border

Some criticize governor for using tax dollars

Posted: August 7, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state officials say his border plan has made Texans safer and has led to tens of thousands of arrests and millions of pounds of drugs seized.

Along the Rio Grande, the suspected smugglers trying to slip into the United States have certainly noticed their adversaries on the water: burly commandos in black-and-white boats mounted with .30-caliber machine guns and bullet-resistant shields. The patches on the officers' camouflage fatigues identify them not as federal Border Patrol agents but as another breed of law enforcement entirely.

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