West Texas Congressman Wants More Money for Border Security

FORT HANCOCK, Texas (AP) - U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez says he's asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry to dedicate more homeland security funds to counties on the border with Mexico.

The San Antonio Democrat made the announcement Friday in the border town of Fort Hancock - where many Mexican families have settled while fleeing drug-war violence.

The announcement follows last week's Associated Press report on the fears and subtle drug cartel intimidation felt at schools and elsewhere in Fort Hancock.

Rodriguez says he wants $15 million in federal funds to border counties to help local authorities pay for increased patrols. Fort Hancock's located about 50 miles southeast of the violent Mexican city of Cuidad Juarez.

The 23rd Congressional District is the largest district in the state, covering most of West Texas from San Antonio to El Paso. It includes portions of Bexar, El Paso and Sutton counties, as well as Brewster, Dimmit, Maverick, Presidio, Zavala, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Medina, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Uvalde and Val Verde Counties.