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    McAllen Paid Enrique Iglesias $485,000 for 2015 Concert

    A city in South Texas has revealed that it used $485,000 in taxpayer money to pay singer Enrique Iglesias to perform a holiday concert in 2015. McAllen city officials have been citing exceptions in the Texas Public Information Act to conceal the terms of the contract. That changed this week when a broad transparency measure went into effect. The contract…

  • Aug 11, 2019

    Pelosi: Immigration Reform Is Congress’ Moral Responsibility

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she sees comprehensive immigration reform not only as Congress’ official work but also as its moral responsibility as she finishes up a tour of Central America. Pelosi traveled with a congressional delegation to explore the causes of immigration and possible solutions. The group visited Guatemala and El Salvador, along with migrant detention facilities in McAllen,...

  • Jul 23, 2019

    ICE Releases Texas-Born US Citizen, 18, Wrongfully Detained Near Border

    A Dallas-born 18-year-old was released from immigration custody Tuesday after wrongfully being detained for more than three weeks.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Asylum Ban May Further Strain Immigrant Detention Facilities

    A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Friday to McAllen, Texas, showing men crammed behind chain-link fences offered the latest glimpse into squalid...

  • Jul 5, 2019

    Pregnant Teens Especially Vulnerable in Border Centers

    As tales of wretchedness and overcrowding in government border detention facilities abound, one group of migrants is particularly vulnerable: teen moms and pregnant girls without parents of their own. Immigrant advocates and lawyers say the young mothers don’t get special medical consideration while they’re being crammed into U.S. facilities so packed that migrants are forced to sleep on floors or...

  • Jun 30, 2019

    43-year-old El Salvador Migrant Dies in US Border Custody

    A 43-year-old El Salvadoran man who crossed into the U.S. with his daughter collapsed at a border station and later died at a hospital, officials said Saturday. The man had been held about a week at the Rio Grande Valley central processing center in McAllen, Texas, according to a law enforcement official. The official said the man, who had health...

  • Jun 30, 2019

    43-year-old El Salvador Migrant Dies in US Border Custody

    A 43-year-old El Salvadoran man who crossed into the U.S. with his daughter collapsed at a border station and later died at a hospital, officials said Saturday. The man had been held about a week at the Rio Grande Valley central processing center in McAllen, Texas, according to a law enforcement official. The official said the man, who had health...

  • Jun 24, 2019

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    Border Patrol agents found four bodies, including three children, near the Rio Grande River in South Texas on Sunday, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said. Two of the children were infants and one was a toddler, Guerra said. A 20-year-old woman also was found, he said. The deaths come amid a huge influx of undocumented immigrants at the Southwest border...

  • Jun 24, 2019

    Border Patrol Finds 4 Bodies, Including 3 Children, in Texas

    Border Patrol agents found four bodies, including three children, near the Rio Grande River in South Texas on Sunday, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said. Two of the children were infants and one was a toddler, Guerra said. A 20-year-old woman also was found, he said. The deaths come amid a huge influx of undocumented immigrants at the Southwest border...

  • Jun 14, 2019

    Migrants Complain of Poor Conditions at US Holding Centers

    The Trump administration is facing growing complaints from migrants about severe overcrowding, meager food and other hardships at border holding centers, with some people at an encampment in El Paso being forced to sleep on the bare ground during dust storms. The Border Network for Human Rights issued a report Friday based on dozens of testimonials of immigrants over the...

  • May 24, 2019

    Flu Outbreak Among Asylum Seekers Reaches San Diego

    Sixteen asylum seekers who have exhibited flu-like symptoms after being flown to San Diego from South Texas are being quarantined.

  • May 9, 2019

    13,000 Asylum Seekers on Border Wait Lists, AP Finds

    For thousands of asylum seekers, there are many ways to wait — and wait, and wait — at the threshold of the United States. Parents and children sleep in tents next to bridges leading to Texas for weeks on end, desperately hoping their names and numbers are called so they can be let in. Some immigrants complain of shakedowns and...

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Analysis: Trump Says Wall Will Stop Drugs, Facts Differ

    In his demands that Congress set aside $5.7 billion for a border wall, President Donald Trump has insisted that a new physical barrier would stop heroin entering the U.S. from Mexico.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Texas Lt. Gov. Says Texas Could Build Part of Border Wall

    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told President Donald Trump the state will build a wall along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border if the federal government reimburses it.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Trump Pushes for Wall on Rio Grande Visit, Moves Closer to Declaring Emergency as Shutdown Talks Fall Apart

    President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to declare a national emergency to circumvent Congress if he can’t reach a deal with Democrats to fund his promised border wall. He headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to draw further attention to his case after negotiations with lawmakers blew up. The partial government shutdown dragged into a 20th day with hundreds of thousands...

  • Nov 9, 2018

    Hundreds of Migrants Leave Mexico City Headed for Border

    About 900 Central American migrants headed out of Mexico City on Friday to embark on the longest and most dangerous leg of their journey to the U.S. border, while thousands more were waiting one more day at a massive improvised shelter. The group that got a head start bundled their few possessions and started off, taking a subway to the...

  • Nov 6, 2018

    Aid Arrives for Migrants at Mexico City Stadium as US Votes

    Humanitarian aid converged around a stadium in Mexico City where thousands of Central American migrants winding their way toward the United States were resting Tuesday after an arduous trek that has taken them through three countries in three weeks. Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva said 4,500 migrants have arrived at the Jesus Martinez stadium since Sunday, and city officials...

  • Nov 5, 2018

    Migrants Camped at Border Worry Caravans Will Shut Them Out

    Waiting on the southern end of a bridge that leads to the United States, Humberto Alvarez Gonzalez warily follows the progress of the caravan winding through Mexico with the goal of reaching the border. Alvarez and about two dozen other people are waiting in Matamoros, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, because U.S. customs officers say there’s no space...

  • Nov 2, 2018

    A Look at the Troops Being Sent to US-Mexico Border

    President Donald Trump ordered troops to the border in response to a caravan of migrants slowly making its way through Mexico toward the United States and still about 900 miles away, with many dropping out. Here’s what we know so far about the military’s mission:

  • Nov 2, 2018

    In Migrant Caravan, Kids and Parents Struggle With Long Trek

    Toddlers slump in strollers bouncing across the rough asphalt, and infants only a few weeks old jiggle in their fathers’ arms. Others, limp from exhaustion and nearly too big to be carried, are slung across their mothers’ chests like sacks of grain, sweaty hair plastered to their heads. There are hundreds of children traveling in the caravan of Central American...

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