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1 US TX: Ortiz: Government Passing Responsibilities To Local SheriffsSat, 14 Jan 2006
Source:Brownsville Herald, The (TX) Author:Raymond, Jeff Area:Texas Lines:93 Added:01/15/2006

If border law enforcement isn't broken, it's about to be, U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz told the Rio Grande Valley Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Friday.

The 23-year congressman and former Nueces County sheriff spoke to the group during its monthly meeting at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, began his law enforcement career in 1964 with his election as constable in Robstown.

"The landscape has changed drastically in the last few years," he said, describing how police in the Valley now face different problems than those he saw as Nueces County sheriff and were expected to fight organized crime, the drug war and illegal immigration, using local resources.

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