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[Congressional Record: August 1, 2001 (Senate)]
[Page S8569-S8570]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []
                        PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS

  The following petitions and memorials were laid before the Senate and 
were referred or ordered to lie on the table as indicated:


       POM-172. A concurrent resolution adopted by the House of 
     the Legislature of the State of Texas relative to the U.S. 
     Border Patrol Training Academy to the southwest Texas border 
     region; to the Committee on the Judiciary.

                    House Concurrent Resolution 256

       Whereas, The United States Border Patrol was established by 
     an act of Congress in 1924 in response to increasing illegal 
     immigration; the initial force of 450 officers was given 
     responsibility for combating illegal entries and the growing 
     business of alien smuggling; and
       Whereas, The Border Patrol has since grown from a handful 
     of mounted agents patrolling desolate areas along U.S. 
     borders to today's dynamic workforce of more than 8,000 men 
     and women supported by sophisticated technology, vehicles, 
     and aircraft, since 1986, the Border Patrol has made more 
     than eight million apprehensions nationwide; and
       Whereas, Each year, more than 1,000 Border Patrol agents 
     spend 19 weeks in intensive training in immigration law, 
     statutory authority, police techniques, and Spanish at the 
     Border Patrol Training Academy; and
       Whereas, The academy has had many homes; the first academy 
     was established in El Paso, Texas, in 1934, and was later 
     moved to Los Fresnos, Texas; and
       Whereas, In the 1970s, during the Carter Administration, 
     the academy was moved to Glynco, Georgia; since that time, 
     the training needs of the Border Patrol have far exceeded the 
     capacity of the Glynco location and a temporary satellite 
     facility was opened in Charleston, South Carolina to handle 
     the overflow; and
       Whereas, These facilities are no longer adequate to meet 
     the Border Patrol's growing training needs; and
       Whereas, All new Border Patrol agents are assigned to the 
     southwest border upon graduation form the academy; and
       Whereas, Texas comprises more than half of the southwest 
     border, making it an ideal location for Border Patrol 
     training; now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the 77th Legislature of the State of Texas 
     hereby respectfully urge the Congress of the United States to 
     relocate the U.S. Border Patrol Training Academy to the 
     southwest Texas border region; and, be it further
       Resolved, That the Texas secretary of state forward 
     official copies of this resolution to the president of the 
     United States, to the speaker of the house of representatives 
     and the president of the senate of the United States 
     Congress, and to all the members of the Texas delegation to 
     the congress with the request that this resolution be 
     officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial 
     to the Congress of the United States of America.