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UTB/TSC and DHS agree to study border security alternatives 

(Brownsville, Texas, March 19, 2008)-Brownsville Federal Judge Andrew Hanen dismissed a civil action suit Wednesday, March 19 against The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College after the University and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reached an agreement regarding access to University property. 

Since last year, the university has pursued an agreement with DHS that would have allowed the agency to proceed with its goal of better securing the border while at the same time allowing the university to preserve the integrity of it’s educational mission.  

“It has been my duty to be a good steward not only of the resources entrusted to me, but also of the values and principles of our democracy,” said Dr. Juliet V. García, UTB/TSC President.  “I believe that we have begun to make progress toward a meaningful, consultative conversation to achieve the mutual objectives of the DHS and of the University.” 

Under the terms of the agreement: (Click here for agreement)

“We are pleased that we have an opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions with DHS as we continue to seek a mutually acceptable solution that will allow us to maintain our fundamental mission in higher education,” García said. “We hope to reach agreement on the most appropriate method to secure the border area near the University.” 

The agreement, negotiated between DHS officials and attorneys with the UT System and Texas Southmost College, was presented at a scheduled hearing Wednesday afternoon in

U.S. District Court in Brownsville.   

For more information, go to and click on Border Fence Information.