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Help Us Investigate Texas Border Security Initiatives

We’re looking into Texas’ border security initiatives, including what has worked, what hasn’t and how they affect residents. If you have experience on the border, we’d like to hear from you.

Five people stand in a loose circle on sandy ground. It's night and they are only faintly lit a light coming in from the right.
Department of Public Safety agents arrest someone for trespassing on private property in Kinney County as part of Operation Lone Star. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for ProPublica/The Texas Tribune)

Our team is no longer actively reporting on this issue. Thanks to all who participated. If you’d like to get in touch, please email reporter Jessica Priest.

Texas has spent billions of state tax dollars on border security for nearly two decades. Last year, state lawmakers approved a budget that included an unprecedented $3 billion for such initiatives.

As the state puts more money into border security measures, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are seeking to better understand how the funding is used, what the investment is accomplishing and how the initiatives affect border residents.

Hearing your experiences can help us shape our stories with your communities in mind and hold relevant institutions accountable. Please fill out this questionnaire if you are a border resident or if you’re familiar with how border operations are run.

We appreciate you sharing your story and we take your privacy seriously. We are gathering these stories for the purposes of our reporting, and will contact you if we wish to publish any part of your story.

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