Hernán Rozemberg
Fronteras Desk
January 5, 2012

The Texas Highway Patrolwill soon hit the water. The Rio Grande, actually.

Arguing the federal government continues to do too little, too late to protect the U.S.-Mexico border, the state of Texas feels compelled to pick up the slack.

The Rio Grande Valley, the 120-mile-wide stretch of the Texas-Mexico border in the deepest part of Texas, has become the nerve center for Mexican drug cartel cross-border activity.

Other agencies – such as the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – already have boats in the area. But soon, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will have its own boat unit.

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