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Texas Border Coalition

A group of cities, chambers of commerce, and others that, among other things, opposes building a border fence in Texas. Chairman is Chad Foster, mayor of Eagle Pass.

On May 16, 2008 they sued the Department of Homeland Security in regards to the fence. The lead attorney in the case is the Mexican government-linked Peter Schey.

Per a story that apparently appeared in the Rio Grande Guardian, Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute previously advised them on immigration issues (link).

Their two listed sponsors are International Bank of Commerce (part of International Bancshares Corporation, with Dennis Nixon as the chairman of the latter) and the Rio Grande Guardian newspaper.

Their "Community Members" are the following (texasbordercoalition.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=50&Itemid=123):

Cities:
* Laredo
* Rio Grande City
* Mission
* Hidalgo
* Harlingen
* Alamo
* Eagle Pass
* San Juan
* Brownsville
* Roma
* Edinburg
* Mercedes
* El Paso
* Pharr
* McAllen
* Port Isabel
* Del Rio
* La Joya
* Weslaco

Counties:
* Terrell
* Cameron
* El Paso
* Hidalgo
* Starr
* Webb
* Dimmit
* Maverick
* Val Verde
* Zapata

Chambers of Commerce:

* Alamo Chamber of Commerce
* Browsville Chamber of Commerce
* Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
* Del Rio Chamber of Commerce
* Dimmit County of Chamber of Commerce
* Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce
* Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
* Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
* Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce
* Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce
* Laredo Webb Chamber of Commerce
* McAllen Chamber of Commerce
* Mercedes Area Chamber of Commerce
* Mission Chamber of Commerce
* Pharr Chamber of Commerce
* RGV Partnership Chamber of Commerce
* Roma Chamber of Commerce
* San Juan Chamber of Commerce
* SPI Chamber of Commerce
* Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Commissions:

* Economic Development Commissions
* Brownsville Economic Development Council
* Donna Economic Developmnent
* Edinburg Economic Development Corporations
* Laredo Development Foundation
* Lower Rio Grande Development Council
* Donna Tourist Center
* Maverick County Development Council
* McAllen Economic Development Corporation
* Middle Rio Grande Development Council
* Mission Economic Development Authority
* Penitas Economic Development Corporation
* Pharr Economic Development Corporation
* Rio Grande City Economic Development Corporation
* Roma Economic Development Corporation
* San Benito Economic Development Corporation
* SPI Economic Development Corporation
* Mercedes Economic Development Corporation
* Weslaco Economic Development
* Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation

Last modified Mar 13, 2011
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