Among the individuals who provided invited expert testimony was Tonya Spaeth Ahlschwede, District Attorney for the 452nd Judicial District serving Edwards, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch and Menard Counties. She also serves on the Border Prosecution Unit (BPU), an initiative involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and each of the prosecutors in the border jurisdictions of Texas. The BPU is a network of seventeen Texas district attorney offices covering 49 counties along and adjacent to the Rio Grande. In each of these offices, an assistant district attorney is assigned to handle a specialized caseload of border crime cases.
Ms. Ahlschwede recounted personal and professional experiences regarding the situation at the border and how that has affected and hindered our judicial system. I appreciate her making the trip to Austin to provide valuable insight for the committee members and participating state agencies.