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Dec 4, 2013 4:08 PM

DPS: Disputed Roadblocks Won't Return to Rio Grande Valley

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The top law enforcement officer in Texas says state troopers won't relaunch disputed traffic checkpoints along the border despite praising the effectiveness of a recent three-week operation.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said Tuesday that criticism surrounding trooper roadblocks in the Rio Grande Valley in October and September led him to discontinue the operation.

McCraw said his agency now won't attempt to use checkpoints again without legislative support.

Civil rights groups accused DPS of trying to target immigrants who are in the country without legal documentation. McCraw firmly disputes those allegations and says the intent was safety.

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says efforts are now under way to reallocate $60 million in the state budget and put those funds toward a new border security surge.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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